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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 (£)
Engineering573 481,426,737
Information and Communication Technologies491 381,373,606
Mathematical Sciences269 160,400,011
Physical Sciences763 612,200,057
Research Infrastructure362 262,548,401

Total Number of Grants: 2,458
Total Value of Grants: £1,897,948,813


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 Economy128 129,044,805
Energy319 377,968,001
Global Uncertainties75 41,967,381
Healthcare Technologies347 356,072,856
Living with Environmental Change23 21,924,813
Manufacturing the Future299 416,818,794

Total Number of Grants: 1,191
Total Value of Grants: £1,343,796,651


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 (£)
355 591,828,716