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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 (£)
Engineering505 368,554,644
Information and Communication Technologies477 352,373,023
Mathematical Sciences242 106,545,491
Physical Sciences721 536,230,466
Research Infrastructure374 252,524,174

Total Number of Grants: 2,319
Total Value of Grants: £1,616,227,799


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 Economy128 96,908,080
Energy287 333,136,465
Global Uncertainties72 41,650,944
Healthcare Technologies315 281,877,551
Living with Environmental Change17 13,617,966
Manufacturing the Future277 361,621,562
Quantum Technologies59 271,904,407

Total Number of Grants: 1,155
Total Value of Grants: £1,400,716,975


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 (£)
78 73,757,904