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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 (£)
Engineering486 327,572,607
Information and Communication Technologies484 332,066,862
Mathematical Sciences487 218,353,016
Physical Sciences743 556,153,349
Research Infrastructure440 243,204,833

Total Number of Grants: 2,640
Total Value of Grants: £1,677,350,667


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 Economy89 71,163,337
Energy272 292,748,588
Global Uncertainties64 31,917,337
Healthcare Technologies299 289,576,472
Living with Environmental Change10 7,473,044
Manufacturing the Future261 335,628,767
Quantum Technologies27 153,988,039

Total Number of Grants: 1,022
Total Value of Grants: £1,182,495,582


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 (£)
122 151,138,243