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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 (£)
Engineering591 471,246,797
Information and Communication Technologies502 390,611,367
Mathematical Sciences275 165,623,827
Physical Sciences773 606,313,237
Research Infrastructure349 255,945,674

Total Number of Grants: 2,490
Total Value of Grants: £1,889,740,901


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 Economy127 127,598,822
Energy328 380,056,393
Global Uncertainties75 49,364,495
Healthcare Technologies353 370,398,519
Living with Environmental Change23 21,924,813
Manufacturing the Future308 420,015,326

Total Number of Grants: 1,214
Total Value of Grants: £1,369,358,368


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 (£)
399 643,136,991