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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.

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.

Understanding information processing in biological systems.

Determination of chemical structure by spectroscopic, diffraction and thermodynamic techniques.

Research into coastal/waterway structures, management and flood defences, estuarine engineering, reservoir/dam engineering and hydrodynamics.

Research into the fundamental physics of magnetism and into magnetic materials.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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