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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 (£)
Engineering479 328,615,997
Information and Communication Technologies468 347,996,629
Mathematical Sciences568 247,691,746
Physical Sciences700 541,364,652
Research Infrastructure351 145,117,273

Total Number of Grants: 2,566
Total Value of Grants: £1,610,786,298


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 Economy77 72,151,208
Energy298 308,169,840
Global Uncertainties56 27,271,195
Healthcare Technologies302 286,230,857
Living with Environmental Change7 5,617,495
Manufacturing the Future248 343,776,900
Quantum Technologies63 170,683,560

Total Number of Grants: 1,051
Total Value of Grants: £1,213,901,055


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 (£)
114 59,082,751