Research areas

An A-Z list of all research areas. On each research area page you will find a description of the area, along with details of and reasons for the strategic actions EPSRC intends to take. To help digest the information we have introduced visual icons to summarise particular highlights in the strategic focus of each research area. The Icons are not intended to cover all potential topics. Please use the filters to customise the listing on this page.

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Research into the mathematical modelling of continuous media, encompassing classical solid and fluid mechanics and complex media.

Encompasses theories, methodologies and tools for modelling, analysis, design and optimisation of self-regulating systems, with an emphasis on uncertainty and robustness of feedback systems. This research area underpins a number of others across the engineering and physical sciences research base.

Theoretical foundations of databases and research into data management systems, distributed information management and query languages.

The theory, algorithms and architectures for processing data and signals and the information they carry.

Research into underpinning optoelectronic technologies for the display of text, graphics, images and video.

Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls.

The study of chemical phenomena associated with charge transfer, charge separation and electrochemical reactions at interfaces.

Research into energy demand and its reduction through technical and socio-economic measures. It includes research in the context of the built environment, transport, heat, industrial processes and products.

Assesses the effects of decarbonisation on the existing energy supply and transmission networks and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges.

The study of materials and systems which store electrochemical, thermal or kinetic energy for later use.

Theories, methods and tools for generating, modelling, optimising, simulating and reasoning about complex engineered systems.

All aspects of fundamental fluid dynamics research applied to aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, turbulence and areas relevant to process engineering.

The study of fundamental, generic and applied concepts concerning the conversion of coal, oil and gas into electricity for grid use, and the integration of these technologies into the renewable sector.

The study of devices which generate electricity directly through the oxidation of fuel.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional ceramic and inorganic materials.

The study of shape and form, including algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, geometric topology and geometric group theory, differential geometry and geometric analysis.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of graphene, carbon nanotubes and other carbon-based nanomaterials.

Synthesis and manipulation of visual content, including augmented/virtual reality, animation, immersive technologies and novel ways of visualising data.

Understanding and tackling challenges relating to ground and underground structures, geotechnics and environmental/hazardous aspects of structures.

The study of how humans interact with each other and how an understanding of these interactions can improve the design and development of ICT.

The study of how humans interact with computers and how to design computer systems that are effective for people to use.

Generation, storage and utilisation of synthetic chemical energy carriers and synthetic fuels (e.g. hydrogen).

Aspects of enabling research that relate to the interconnectivity (wired or wireless) of computers, devices and sensors.

The theory and fundamental underpinning of Image and Vision Computing in both 2D and 3D, across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Management, retrieval and representation of information and knowledge.

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