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EPSRC Support By Theme


Capability Themes
EPSRC’s support for excellent, long-term disciplinary and multidisciplinary research, in engineering and the physical sciences.

Please Note: Challenge theme funding that is delivered by the Capability themes is excluded from the table below.


National Capability ThemeNumber of GrantsProportional Value (£)
Engineering507 354,571,459
Information and Communication Technologies483 335,671,414
Mathematical Sciences385 181,676,950
Physical Sciences815 582,047,413
Research Infrastructure552 330,474,116

Total Number of Grants: 2,742
Total Value of Grants: £1,784,441,352


Challenge Themes
EPSRC’s support for research to help solve some of the most serious global, economic and societal challenges facing the UK.

The grants values listed below include Challenge theme funding that is delivered by the Capability themes.

Challenge ThemeNumber of GrantsProportional Value (£)
Digital Economy102 84,893,966
Energy269 315,783,299
Global Uncertainties72 42,293,723
Healthcare Technologies305 293,238,720
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future269 339,438,081
Quantum Technologies38 140,899,561

Total Number of Grants: 1,071
Total Value of Grants: £1,229,796,245


Non Theme Specific Funding
Some types of funding (large training awards such as the Doctoral Training Accounts or Institutional type awards) cannot be easily and immediately (at the time of award) attributed to individual Capability or Challenge themes. However, to allow a fuller comparison of the funding portfolio by theme, the value and number of such awards, are reported in this table. Where possible, the funding listed in this table will be attributed to individual Capability and Challenge themes in due course.

Non Theme SpecificNumber of GrantsValue (£)
100 139,080,250