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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Design, modelling, fabrication and processing of new or improved active semiconductor-based devices and systems that use electrons and photons.

Growth, formation, processing, measurement, characterisation and multi-scale modelling of dry or wet particulate systems and fluid-particle systems.

Development, analysis, monitoring and optimisation of mechanical structures and systems.

This research area refers to the integration of computing into everyday objects to create systems which support concepts such as the Internet of Things, edge computing and the tactile internet.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of materials  and nanostructures that emit or interact with electromagnetic radiation or quasiparticles with similar characteristics.

Research into both high-temperature, high-density plasmas magnetically confined or laser-produced, and low-temperature, low-density plasmas.

Synthesis, characterisation and theoretical understanding of novel Polymer Materials.

Design, operation, modelling, control and optimisation of chemical, physical and biological bulk-product processes that are conducted continuously or repeatedly.

Design of programming languages, development of the relevant mathematical theories, the processing of these and the generation of code.

Quantum devices, components and systems involve the creation, control and manipulation of quantum states to design systems with functionality that could not be achieved in a non-quantum world.

Theoretical and experimental study of superfluids (typically helium), encompassing investigation of a range of their properties.

Understanding and control of the behaviour and interactions of light and matter in terms of quantum mechanics in optical and atomic systems, and the fundamental science of generation, use and manipulation of quantum information.

Using the Earth's limited resources in a sustainable way.

Techniques and applications that utilise and propagate signals, and related research supporting future connected infrastructure.

Design and development of novel device architectures throughout the radio frequency, microwave, millimetre wave and terahertz domain.

The novel physical design and development of robotic systems, for both fundamental and applied purposes.

Development, optimisation and integration of devices that detect and measure changes in temperature, pressure, vibration and light, for example.

Research into the design, implementation and maintenance of software.

Research and development of devices to harness solar radiation, including solar heating/cooling and all photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

Recognition, understanding and synthesis of human speech, using a range of techniques and focusing on how systems recognise and generate the sounds of language.

The study of the property of electrons known as 'spin' and its potential exploitation in specially designed devices.

Statistical methodology and development of new probabilistic techniques inspired by applications.

Addressing the civil engineering challenges associated with construction materials, structural analysis, and extreme events and structural resilience.

Synthesis, characterisation and fundamental physics of superconducting materials and devices.

Understanding the structure, processes, dynamics and functionality of surfaces and interfaces, and how they determine chemical / physical properties.

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