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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 (£)
Engineering489 349,633,146
Information and Communication Technologies474 353,037,123
Mathematical Sciences233 103,863,697
Physical Sciences706 525,655,222
Research Infrastructure445 293,747,183

Total Number of Grants: 2,347
Total Value of Grants: £1,625,936,371


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 Economy116 87,290,205
Energy256 311,389,732
Global Uncertainties74 43,849,449
Healthcare Technologies298 285,192,883
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future268 343,196,184
Quantum Technologies44 146,805,354

Total Number of Grants: 1,072
Total Value of Grants: £1,230,972,701


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 (£)
106 110,784,017