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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 (£)
Engineering609 479,139,818
Information and Communication Technologies512 397,353,940
Mathematical Sciences289 168,623,447
Physical Sciences805 616,204,259
Research Infrastructure314 250,134,457

Total Number of Grants: 2,529
Total Value of Grants: £1,911,455,920


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 Economy133 130,799,817
Energy351 362,400,696
Global Uncertainties75 49,917,421
Healthcare Technologies364 379,566,440
Living with Environmental Change26 23,862,740
Manufacturing the Future328 430,028,812

Total Number of Grants: 1,277
Total Value of Grants: £1,376,575,925


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 (£)
429 659,191,677