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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 (£)
Engineering613 501,807,061
Information and Communication Technologies539 422,251,060
Mathematical Sciences311 186,697,300
Physical Sciences837 675,015,428
Research Infrastructure228 261,411,806

Total Number of Grants: 2,528
Total Value of Grants: £2,047,182,655


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 Economy125 157,067,193
Energy461 487,592,854
Global Uncertainties94 51,000,217
Healthcare Technologies377 377,844,858
Living with Environmental Change30 30,667,126
Manufacturing the Future378 462,221,404

Total Number of Grants: 1,465
Total Value of Grants: £1,566,393,653


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 (£)
333 431,294,388