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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 507,824,716
Information and Communication Technologies515 405,883,127
Mathematical Sciences301 173,514,449
Physical Sciences820 671,157,127
Research Infrastructure242 242,186,084

Total Number of Grants: 2,485
Total Value of Grants: £2,000,565,502


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 Economy116 145,406,593
Energy443 465,800,428
Global Uncertainties68 49,574,294
Healthcare Technologies360 379,836,853
Living with Environmental Change33 30,448,435
Manufacturing the Future345 469,859,294

Total Number of Grants: 1,365
Total Value of Grants: £1,540,925,897


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 (£)
338 472,263,284