Who we're working with

Key Business Partners

In 2021, there were 5,000 businesses collaborating on research or training funded by EPSRC. We have created a select number of strategic partnerships with some of these organisations, which we call our Key Business Partners. Through these partnerships, we:

  • share strategic information;
  • exchange people;
  • work together towards areas of mutual interest;
  • create advocacy for the importance of engineering and the physical sciences;
  • jointly fund and support research, training and other activities in UK universities in strategically important priority areas.


We work with a range of Government departments and public sector organisations on joint initiatives and activities, including the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Transport (DfT), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Health and Social Care, Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities , the Ministry of Defence and the UK intelligence community

Other Research Councils

We work closely with other research councils and Innovate UK on cross-council themes such as energy and digital economy as well as issues that cut across our remits, and often jointly-fund activities.