Additional funding programme for mathematical sciences

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 27 January 2020 of up to an additional £300 million for mathematical sciences, EPSRC is now working on the implementation of this programme.

This new investment will be for research projects, fellowships and doctoral awards where the research focus is in mathematical sciences as well as providing additional funding to increase participants at the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge) and International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Edinburgh).

Studentships for October 2020

We have allocated £15 million of studentship funding to start in the autumn of 2020. This allocation will:

  • Be made through training grants based on our doctoral training partnership awards
  • Have the level of the award to each university calculated by algorithm based on the EPSRC mathematical sciences portfolio held by a university
  • Have the funding ringfenced for studentships in mathematical sciences
  • Have studentship awards equivalent to four years’ support
  • Allow open eligibility for up to 50 % of each universities’ studentships.

Universities that have been offered an allocation of studentships received a letter from Professor Lynn Gladden, Executive Chair of EPSRC dated 14 February 2020.

Small Grants Scheme

A new Small Grants Scheme was announced in October 2020. Through the Small Grants Scheme, EPSRC will support grants up to the value of £80,000, with proposals expected to run for up to 12 months. In the first instance, a rising funding level of £2 million is available per annum through this initiative, however this will be reviewed and may be subject to change.

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group has been drawn from members of the mathematical sciences research community. In the first instance this has been based on a combination of nominations from the group that met with Government to discuss the funding and representation from the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team. The group is chaired by Professor Alison Etheridge, a member of EPSRC Council. 

Role of the Advisory Group

  • To act as a body of external experts, including representatives from the mathematical sciences research community, to advise EPSRC on the development and delivery of the Additional Funding Programme for Mathematical Sciences.
  • To contribute to discussions and development of each area of the programme
  • To work in an integrated way with the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team to realise the maximum long-term value and impact from this additional investment.
  • To work with EPSRC to ensure there is effective communication and engagement between EPSRC and the mathematical sciences research and user communities

Members – April 2020



Professor Alison Etheridge (Chair)

University of Oxford

Professor Edmund Burke

University of Leicester

Professor Joseph Chuang

City University

Professor Penny Davies

University of Strathclyde

Professor Jonathan Dawes

University of Bath

Professor David van Dyk

Imperial College

Professor Jeffrey Giansiracusa

Swansea University

Professor Iain Gordon

University of Edinburgh

Professor David Leslie

Lancaster University

Professor Claire Miller

University of Glasgow

Professor Ineke de Moortel

University of St Andrews

Professor William Parnell

The University of Manchester

Professor Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb

University of Cambridge

Professor Peter Topping

University of Warwick

Additional Funding Programme FAQ

Below is a list of common questions that have arisen from the community following the January announcement. The responses provided may evolve over time as the programme develops with further information being made available in Autumn 2020.

If you have a question related to the Additional Funding Programme please contact Katie Blaney, Mathematical Sciences Theme Lead.

What are the next steps for the Additional Funding Programme?

In consultation with the advisory group, EPSRC is developing the delivery mechanisms for the elements of the programme. Once the delivery mechanisms are confirmed, EPSRC will let the research community know about opportunities  to apply for the funding.

When and where will new funding opportunities be announced?

New funding opportunities will be announced on the EPSRC website alongside our other calls and funding opportunities. Announcements are planned for the autumn, with a Small Grants Scheme launched in October 2020. The first funding for Doctoral Training Partnerships to support doctoral students was awarded in February 2020 for students to start October 2020 onwards.

What is the role of the advisory group?

The advisory group are working with EPSRC on the development and delivery of the Additional Funding Programme for Mathematical Sciences. Input to discussions will guide the development and monitoring and evaluation of each area of the programme: doctoral studentships, funding for career pathways, the Mathematical Sciences Institutes, large and small grants and multi-institutional projects and programmes.

How are learned societies being engaged?

EPSRC engages with the learned societies though both attendance of annual meetings and ad hoc engagement though activities involving portfolio managers within EPSRC’s Mathematical Sciences theme, for example visits to members of the learned societies. Additionally, to ensure effective communication between EPSRC and the learned societies, members of the advisory group are also members of various learned societies.

How will the funding be distributed across the maths remit?

This new investment will be for research projects, fellowships and doctoral awards where the research focus is on mathematical sciences. As part of the investment, funding through the Heilbronn Institute will support PhD students and research, with additional funding for the Isaac Newton Institute and International Centre for Mathematical Sciences to enable increased participation.