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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 (£)
Engineering493 344,383,274
Information and Communication Technologies459 334,787,237
Mathematical Sciences227 100,887,578
Physical Sciences713 527,010,067
Research Infrastructure442 289,550,612

Total Number of Grants: 2,334
Total Value of Grants: £1,596,618,767


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 Economy108 74,286,207
Energy257 299,122,230
Global Uncertainties65 41,104,912
Healthcare Technologies299 271,439,278
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future267 351,019,737
Quantum Technologies52 210,686,609

Total Number of Grants: 1,064
Total Value of Grants: £1,260,907,867


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