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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 (£)
Engineering611 479,560,065
Information and Communication Technologies512 397,068,069
Mathematical Sciences287 168,222,489
Physical Sciences811 617,638,543
Research Infrastructure312 250,296,329

Total Number of Grants: 2,533
Total Value of Grants: £1,912,785,495


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 Economy136 131,257,375
Energy354 366,441,206
Global Uncertainties76 50,120,927
Healthcare Technologies370 383,250,421
Living with Environmental Change26 23,862,740
Manufacturing the Future340 446,435,011

Total Number of Grants: 1,302
Total Value of Grants: £1,401,367,678


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 (£)
428 658,597,734