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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 (£)
Engineering488 342,632,316
Information and Communication Technologies461 334,490,666
Mathematical Sciences224 99,112,733
Physical Sciences707 523,239,395
Research Infrastructure447 290,208,671

Total Number of Grants: 2,327
Total Value of Grants: £1,589,683,781


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 Economy107 73,800,920
Energy254 298,275,342
Global Uncertainties65 41,104,912
Healthcare Technologies295 268,054,632
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future263 346,280,992
Quantum Technologies52 210,686,609

Total Number of Grants: 1,052
Total Value of Grants: £1,251,452,300


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 (£)
76 92,582,897