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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 (£)
Engineering603 478,582,824
Information and Communication Technologies514 395,013,147
Mathematical Sciences285 168,853,921
Physical Sciences800 615,820,587
Research Infrastructure352 257,319,176

Total Number of Grants: 2,554
Total Value of Grants: £1,915,589,657


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 Economy130 128,571,565
Energy341 362,508,111
Global Uncertainties73 49,369,966
Healthcare Technologies368 380,252,245
Living with Environmental Change26 23,862,740
Manufacturing the Future332 437,262,110

Total Number of Grants: 1,270
Total Value of Grants: £1,381,826,735


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 (£)
442 659,841,677