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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 (£)
Engineering597 503,827,339
Information and Communication Technologies527 416,976,489
Mathematical Sciences303 174,187,500
Physical Sciences820 673,554,799
Research Infrastructure252 261,048,463

Total Number of Grants: 2,499
Total Value of Grants: £2,029,594,591


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 Economy117 146,639,546
Energy446 473,555,997
Global Uncertainties69 49,763,301
Healthcare Technologies364 375,884,520
Living with Environmental Change34 31,438,159
Manufacturing the Future352 462,142,647

Total Number of Grants: 1,382
Total Value of Grants: £1,539,424,171


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 (£)
338 472,233,789