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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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The application of engineering tools and principles to design and engineer novel biologically-based parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, as well as the redesign of existing natural biological systems for useful purposes.

Design and synthesis of novel coordination complexes and ligands, and development of novel synthetic methodologies.

Devising new ways to design and synthesise organic molecules.

With a focus on structures comprising several or many molecules, design and synthesis of chemical systems using molecular self-assembly and recognition.

Explores the fundamental and foundational aspects of computers and computation.

This research area comprises the funding for CCFE for the UK Magnetic Fusion Research Programme.

Aims to demonstrate the correctness of systems and covers both formal and software verification.

Studies of the biology and psychology of human vision, hearing and other senses, to underpin design/implementation of human-computer interfaces.

Design/optimisation of technologies relating to water resource management, treatment and distribution systems (including waste water and sewerage).

Aims to develop cohesion and understanding of Whole Energy Systems and specifically the whole UK energy system. 

The design, development, deployment, operation and maintenance of machines that generate clean electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of moving air.

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