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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 (£)
Engineering561 468,478,333
Information and Communication Technologies491 385,780,791
Mathematical Sciences266 159,375,793
Physical Sciences746 609,072,928
Research Infrastructure362 261,398,587

Total Number of Grants: 2,426
Total Value of Grants: £1,884,106,432


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 Economy122 126,674,465
Energy305 356,782,169
Global Uncertainties75 41,462,463
Healthcare Technologies335 352,394,590
Living with Environmental Change24 22,151,266
Manufacturing the Future293 421,108,471
Quantum Technologies91 202,620,167

Total Number of Grants: 1,245
Total Value of Grants: £1,523,193,590


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 (£)
364 618,463,649