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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 (£)
Engineering508 324,825,346
Information and Communication Technologies482 337,102,365
Mathematical Sciences463 220,269,325
Physical Sciences784 585,955,636
Research Infrastructure497 309,126,781

Total Number of Grants: 2,734
Total Value of Grants: £1,777,279,452


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 Economy102 79,462,431
Energy275 285,768,306
Global Uncertainties72 36,700,572
Healthcare Technologies309 276,852,675
Living with Environmental Change12 8,690,815
Manufacturing the Future268 335,198,646
Quantum Technologies24 133,428,094

Total Number of Grants: 1,062
Total Value of Grants: £1,156,101,539


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 (£)
127 145,197,740