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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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Algebra stems from the study of equations, their solutions and associated operations and symmetries, including group theory, representation theory and ring theory.

Development of novel techniques, or novel application of existing techniques, to analyse chemical or biological matter and systems, for example.

The study of antimatter physics by the production of atomic systems containing antiparticles.

Explores the operational structure of a system and the software which abstracts a system’s hardware and presents a precise interface to higher levels of software/applications.

The reproduction or surpassing of abilities (in computational systems) that would require 'intelligence' if humans were to perform them.

Assistive Technology research aims to restore human function and/or enable independence for older people, the disabled and those with long-term conditions. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics is the study of forces and their effects on the musculoskeletal system.

The thermochemical conversion of biomass to energy vectors (e.g. heat, electricity and liquid fuels).

Understanding information processing in biological systems.

The application of engineering methods to create environments and/or materials that promote cell or tissue growth and function, in vitro and in vivo.

Biophysics combines approaches from physics with biological questions and hypotheses; Soft Matter Physics investigates soft condensed matter systems.

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