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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 (£)
Engineering632 507,780,551
Information and Communication Technologies544 421,159,002
Mathematical Sciences320 188,280,105
Physical Sciences822 662,644,392
Research Infrastructure219 262,086,919

Total Number of Grants: 2,537
Total Value of Grants: £2,041,950,969


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 Economy126 157,360,327
Energy460 673,548,889
Global Uncertainties86 51,349,676
Healthcare Technologies379 377,067,587
Living with Environmental Change30 30,667,126
Manufacturing the Future389 473,602,355

Total Number of Grants: 1,470
Total Value of Grants: £1,763,595,960


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 (£)
356 477,356,972