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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 (£)
Engineering498 349,555,585
Information and Communication Technologies477 350,518,037
Mathematical Sciences271 119,722,220
Physical Sciences738 555,870,074
Research Infrastructure448 289,329,314

Total Number of Grants: 2,432
Total Value of Grants: £1,664,995,230


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 Economy112 90,688,915
Energy262 312,411,660
Global Uncertainties76 43,956,433
Healthcare Technologies301 291,274,583
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future270 342,025,550
Quantum Technologies40 143,068,256

Total Number of Grants: 1,077
Total Value of Grants: £1,236,674,291


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 (£)
109 115,529,764