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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 (£)
Engineering609 486,345,505
Information and Communication Technologies530 409,118,019
Mathematical Sciences296 167,379,038
Physical Sciences824 626,174,591
Research Infrastructure293 249,117,856

Total Number of Grants: 2,552
Total Value of Grants: £1,938,135,010


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 Economy136 131,527,606
Energy388 390,158,801
Global Uncertainties73 48,436,481
Healthcare Technologies366 375,812,607
Living with Environmental Change30 26,433,935
Manufacturing the Future338 432,514,176

Total Number of Grants: 1,331
Total Value of Grants: £1,404,883,606


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 (£)
388 475,191,677