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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 (£)
Engineering608 507,654,718
Information and Communication Technologies521 405,111,612
Mathematical Sciences311 186,299,358
Physical Sciences833 677,168,024
Research Infrastructure247 260,638,759

Total Number of Grants: 2,520
Total Value of Grants: £2,036,872,470


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 Economy120 154,150,031
Energy456 478,488,158
Global Uncertainties70 48,241,854
Healthcare Technologies371 380,664,589
Living with Environmental Change34 31,438,159
Manufacturing the Future349 456,413,901

Total Number of Grants: 1,400
Total Value of Grants: £1,549,396,692


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 (£)
382 488,845,130