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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 (£)
Engineering487 347,914,293
Information and Communication Technologies472 351,182,949
Mathematical Sciences229 102,372,477
Physical Sciences716 533,856,903
Research Infrastructure448 292,369,373

Total Number of Grants: 2,352
Total Value of Grants: £1,627,695,994


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 Economy115 86,973,513
Energy254 309,570,949
Global Uncertainties77 44,714,747
Healthcare Technologies299 292,824,766
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future269 341,757,412
Quantum Technologies44 146,805,354

Total Number of Grants: 1,074
Total Value of Grants: £1,235,895,635


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 (£)
108 115,479,764