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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 (£)
Engineering697 544,828,470
Information and Communication Technologies575 433,973,311
Mathematical Sciences345 199,477,796
Physical Sciences911 713,509,502
Research Infrastructure263 246,390,474

Total Number of Grants: 2,791
Total Value of Grants: £2,138,179,554


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 156,703,761
Energy503 691,019,845
Global Uncertainties77 51,413,678
Healthcare Technologies416 404,670,636
Living with Environmental Change34 31,439,170
Manufacturing the Future379 486,927,694

Total Number of Grants: 1,534
Total Value of Grants: £1,822,174,784


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 (£)
408 498,378,820