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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 (£)
Engineering510 347,527,794
Information and Communication Technologies493 342,675,047
Mathematical Sciences408 204,350,883
Physical Sciences784 555,767,109
Research Infrastructure536 333,061,677

Total Number of Grants: 2,731
Total Value of Grants: £1,783,382,511


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 Economy92 75,482,923
Energy292 340,383,080
Global Uncertainties75 44,471,266
Healthcare Technologies302 286,580,883
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future269 332,421,104
Quantum Technologies30 138,095,645

Total Number of Grants: 1,076
Total Value of Grants: £1,230,683,796


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 (£)
129 146,492,137