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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 (£)
Engineering514 332,932,899
Information and Communication Technologies486 341,469,490
Mathematical Sciences455 217,457,312
Physical Sciences771 581,418,589
Research Infrastructure464 293,193,896

Total Number of Grants: 2,690
Total Value of Grants: £1,766,472,185


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 Economy98 77,766,529
Energy284 295,881,406
Global Uncertainties70 34,675,915
Healthcare Technologies309 277,778,533
Living with Environmental Change12 8,690,815
Manufacturing the Future270 339,938,595
Quantum Technologies28 151,619,794

Total Number of Grants: 1,071
Total Value of Grants: £1,186,351,586


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 (£)
126 146,322,934