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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 (£)
Engineering502 364,615,895
Information and Communication Technologies464 344,118,588
Mathematical Sciences230 100,006,888
Physical Sciences713 530,459,363
Research Infrastructure384 248,443,171

Total Number of Grants: 2,293
Total Value of Grants: £1,587,643,904


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 Economy115 80,173,185
Energy275 313,891,836
Global Uncertainties69 42,020,858
Healthcare Technologies302 273,431,946
Living with Environmental Change16 13,248,894
Manufacturing the Future271 354,053,195
Quantum Technologies53 246,091,402

Total Number of Grants: 1,101
Total Value of Grants: £1,322,911,316


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