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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 (£)
Engineering525 385,639,945
Information and Communication Technologies477 360,230,608
Mathematical Sciences249 111,396,003
Physical Sciences729 530,484,925
Research Infrastructure371 258,511,483

Total Number of Grants: 2,351
Total Value of Grants: £1,646,262,965


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 Economy134 102,318,991
Energy301 307,422,971
Global Uncertainties75 42,591,414
Healthcare Technologies326 287,663,033
Living with Environmental Change20 15,701,296
Manufacturing the Future276 372,737,707
Quantum Technologies60 185,312,575

Total Number of Grants: 1,192
Total Value of Grants: £1,313,747,987


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 (£)
78 73,757,904