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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 335,730,315
Information and Communication Technologies489 342,472,932
Mathematical Sciences448 216,651,722
Physical Sciences788 580,261,800
Research Infrastructure514 311,288,217

Total Number of Grants: 2,747
Total Value of Grants: £1,786,404,985


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 Economy106 83,567,276
Energy281 287,885,660
Global Uncertainties73 36,987,767
Healthcare Technologies293 276,919,523
Living with Environmental Change14 11,716,010
Manufacturing the Future269 335,225,516
Quantum Technologies25 134,846,108

Total Number of Grants: 1,061
Total Value of Grants: £1,167,147,860


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 (£)
128 145,247,740