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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 (£)
Engineering597 472,742,107
Information and Communication Technologies502 385,496,902
Mathematical Sciences273 165,298,141
Physical Sciences778 608,794,399
Research Infrastructure351 255,945,674

Total Number of Grants: 2,501
Total Value of Grants: £1,888,277,223


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 Economy129 129,422,093
Energy330 380,806,202
Global Uncertainties76 49,413,655
Healthcare Technologies354 370,520,645
Living with Environmental Change23 21,924,813
Manufacturing the Future311 420,589,353

Total Number of Grants: 1,223
Total Value of Grants: £1,372,676,761


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 (£)
399 643,143,977