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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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Quantitative engineering research relating to the development of resilient infrastructure and urban systems.

Theoretical and experimental research in atom-light interactions, laser trapping, optical tweezers, spanners, traps and atomic optics.

Logic includes model theory, recursion theory, proof theory and set theory. Combinatorics is concerned with the study of discrete structures such as graphs and hypergraphs.

Technologies that will allow manufacturing processes, products and systems to function with high efficiency/reliability and appropriate precision/flexibility.

The study and research of devices and systems to capture and utilise the kinetic or oscillatory energy of bodies of water.

Understanding, modelling and processing ceramics with respect to the properties, performance, behaviour and development of novel materials.

Understanding, modelling and processing composites with respect to the properties, performance, behaviour and development of novel materials.

Understanding, modelling and processing of metals and alloys with respect to the properties and material behaviour and development of novel materials.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of functional materials to be used in energy applications.

Quantifying change, with a key role played by fundamental notions of continuity and approximation.

Mathematical Biology covers research into the development and application of state-of-the-art mathematical or statistical tools and techniques to investigate biological processes and systems, including those of relevance to the medical sciences.

Developing new mathematics inspired by, or relevant to, physics.

Research into medical imaging instruments and signals for therapeutic, monitoring and diagnostic purposes, and includes image analysis.

Research into electronic devices for processing information, including new applications, new materials and the integration of novel technologies into electronic components.

Research into all aspects of microelectronics design, from the development of novel designs to research into design tools, processes and design automation.

A broad spectrum of underpinning micro-engineering research aimed at developing novel miniaturised micro-structured devices.

Sound (including music and other natural and artificial sounds, except speech) and its intersection with computer science.

The exploration of computational techniques to learn, understand and produce human language content.

Research into the mathematical treatment of systems which do not satisfy the principle of superposition (i.e. systems where the outputs are not directly proportional to the inputs).

Research into issues concerning the generation of electricity by harnessing energy released when an atom’s nucleus splits.

The study of the properties of integers, using the tools of modern mathematics to address many basic unanswered questions.

Research into the development, analysis and implementation of algorithms that harness numerical approaches to mathematical problems.

Development and application of advanced analytical methods to support improved decision-making, especially in relation to the operation of complex and uncertain systems.

Novel techniques and systems for transporting information by fibre-guided or free-space photons, including analogue and digital signals.

Design, modelling, fabrication, processing and evaluation of new or improved devices and systems whose quantum unit is the photon.

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