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

Quantitative engineering research into the design and operation of buildings and the construction processes involved.

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

Explores the behaviour of complex systems by focusing on the interconnections of their components and on systems architecture.

Understanding and tackling challenges relating to ground and underground structures, geotechnics and environmental/hazardous aspects of structures.

Aspects of enabling research that relate to the interconnectivity (wired or wireless) of computers, devices and sensors.

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

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

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

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

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