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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 (£)
Engineering605 480,308,442
Information and Communication Technologies525 406,552,816
Mathematical Sciences294 169,605,757
Physical Sciences817 622,483,377
Research Infrastructure299 251,545,572

Total Number of Grants: 2,540
Total Value of Grants: £1,930,495,965

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 Economy139 132,489,388
Energy377 387,891,157
Global Uncertainties73 48,379,633
Healthcare Technologies375 376,417,857
Living with Environmental Change28 24,797,428
Manufacturing the Future336 438,954,948

Total Number of Grants: 1,328
Total Value of Grants: £1,408,930,410

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 (£)
388 475,191,677