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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 505,059,497
Information and Communication Technologies531 415,441,390
Mathematical Sciences304 187,069,510
Physical Sciences813 657,318,793
Research Infrastructure229 261,318,175

Total Number of Grants: 2,480
Total Value of Grants: £2,026,207,364


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 Economy126 157,259,021
Energy451 479,023,941
Global Uncertainties85 49,363,336
Healthcare Technologies371 375,629,717
Living with Environmental Change28 27,222,521
Manufacturing the Future355 453,496,382

Total Number of Grants: 1,416
Total Value of Grants: £1,541,994,919


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