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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 (£)
Engineering481 333,018,752
Information and Communication Technologies470 335,876,021
Mathematical Sciences564 249,069,863
Physical Sciences712 554,002,715
Research Infrastructure372 148,413,850

Total Number of Grants: 2,599
Total Value of Grants: £1,620,381,200

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 Economy84 75,163,570
Energy304 311,875,411
Global Uncertainties61 31,019,441
Healthcare Technologies310 289,923,074
Living with Environmental Change9 7,246,592
Manufacturing the Future255 346,592,096
Quantum Technologies63 173,720,617

Total Number of Grants: 1,086
Total Value of Grants: £1,235,540,800

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 (£)
153 119,194,324