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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 337,760,229
Information and Communication Technologies484 346,803,011
Mathematical Sciences573 251,854,591
Physical Sciences721 552,435,700
Research Infrastructure371 174,872,340

Total Number of Grants: 2,638
Total Value of Grants: £1,663,725,870


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 Economy90 80,856,021
Energy307 312,951,465
Global Uncertainties61 31,378,930
Healthcare Technologies309 291,010,263
Living with Environmental Change10 7,473,044
Manufacturing the Future258 350,432,508
Quantum Technologies64 178,131,898

Total Number of Grants: 1,099
Total Value of Grants: £1,252,234,129


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 (£)
189 229,344,331