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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 (£)
Engineering598 470,745,165
Information and Communication Technologies511 395,235,619
Mathematical Sciences276 165,849,063
Physical Sciences777 606,825,861
Research Infrastructure347 256,330,407

Total Number of Grants: 2,509
Total Value of Grants: £1,894,986,114


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 Economy128 128,000,664
Energy335 385,901,488
Global Uncertainties76 49,563,426
Healthcare Technologies359 365,591,910
Living with Environmental Change24 22,197,452
Manufacturing the Future311 422,029,981

Total Number of Grants: 1,233
Total Value of Grants: £1,373,284,921


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 (£)
399 643,085,048