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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 (£)
Engineering607 513,883,505
Information and Communication Technologies522 407,452,018
Mathematical Sciences318 191,739,626
Physical Sciences838 679,464,618
Research Infrastructure244 260,638,759

Total Number of Grants: 2,529
Total Value of Grants: £2,053,178,525


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 Economy119 154,021,941
Energy456 481,901,981
Global Uncertainties71 48,406,165
Healthcare Technologies380 383,230,000
Living with Environmental Change34 31,438,159
Manufacturing the Future352 457,566,208

Total Number of Grants: 1,412
Total Value of Grants: £1,556,564,455


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 (£)
350 439,560,150