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

The thermochemical conversion of biomass to heat, electricity and liquid fuels, for example.

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

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

The capture of CO2 from power stations and energy-intensive industry and its secure long-term storage.

The study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in gas and solution phase, and at surfaces.

Characterisation, modelling, formulation and processing of complex fluids (e.g. blood, creams, pastes and emulsions).

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

Encompasses theories, methodologies and tools for modelling, analysis, design and optimisation of self-regulating systems, with an emphasis on uncertainty and robustness of feedback systems. This research area underpins a number of others across the engineering and physical sciences research base.

Research into underpinning optoelectronic technologies for the display of text, graphics, images and video.

Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls.

The study of chemical phenomena associated with charge transfer, charge separation and electrochemical reactions at interfaces.

Research into energy demand and its reduction through technical and socio-economic measures. It includes research in the context of the built environment, transport, heat, industrial processes and products.

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

The study of materials and systems which store electrochemical, thermal or kinetic energy for later use.

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

The study of devices which generate electricity directly through the oxidation of fuel.

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 computers and how to design computer systems that are effective for people to use.

Generation, storage and utilisation of synthetic chemical energy carriers and synthetic fuels (e.g. hydrogen).

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.

Theoretical and experimental research in atom-light interactions, laser trapping, optical tweezers, spanners, traps and atomic optics.

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