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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 (£)
Engineering494 361,007,995
Information and Communication Technologies471 348,036,492
Mathematical Sciences268 118,347,534
Physical Sciences729 559,024,927
Research Infrastructure514 325,536,246

Total Number of Grants: 2,476
Total Value of Grants: £1,711,953,195


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 Economy109 88,235,654
Energy261 313,955,457
Global Uncertainties72 42,829,902
Healthcare Technologies296 290,819,173
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future266 338,771,822
Quantum Technologies37 139,599,146

Total Number of Grants: 1,057
Total Value of Grants: £1,227,460,046


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 (£)
105 135,329,765