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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 (£)
Engineering610 514,829,709
Information and Communication Technologies528 415,238,178
Mathematical Sciences315 189,930,260
Physical Sciences832 662,159,237
Research Infrastructure235 260,828,570

Total Number of Grants: 2,520
Total Value of Grants: £2,042,985,954


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 Economy125 156,153,750
Energy459 484,155,554
Global Uncertainties77 49,041,378
Healthcare Technologies379 382,478,980
Living with Environmental Change35 31,678,845
Manufacturing the Future359 461,855,578

Total Number of Grants: 1,434
Total Value of Grants: £1,565,364,084


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 (£)
338 437,545,129