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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 (£)
Engineering611 502,941,975
Information and Communication Technologies539 416,213,927
Mathematical Sciences306 185,574,608
Physical Sciences828 677,275,203
Research Infrastructure230 261,318,175

Total Number of Grants: 2,514
Total Value of Grants: £2,043,323,889


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 Economy127 157,298,677
Energy457 478,911,533
Global Uncertainties89 49,991,075
Healthcare Technologies371 373,853,608
Living with Environmental Change28 27,222,521
Manufacturing the Future365 457,209,737

Total Number of Grants: 1,437
Total Value of Grants: £1,544,487,152


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 (£)
336 435,011,485