Physical sciences

The vision for the Physical sciences theme is to deliver internationally competitive physical sciences research and training that reflects the needs of science, industry and government. To achieve this we will focus on the following objectives:

  • Understanding the landscape and ensuring a high quality, balanced portfolio is maintained.
    • Ensuring globally competitive research is undertaken in partnership with world leading UK and international researchers
    • Delivering balancing capability strategies in partnership with the community
    • Ensuring the community has strong confidence in the peer review system
    • Maximising the added value of investments in equipment for the community
  • Creating opportunities for leaders across all career stages.
    • Making and monitoring investments in training as appropriate to national strengths, needs and opportunities
    • Actively engaging with early career researchers in the physical sciences
    • Driving change in equality, diversity and inclusion in the physical sciences
    • Building, developing and maintaining strong relationships with community leaders
  • Facilitating engagement between the research base and stakeholders.
    • Brokering mutually beneficial relationships between the community and key stakeholders
    • Enabling physical sciences researchers to engage with industrial and applied challenges
    • Engaging with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
    • Ensuring the theme is well linked to stakeholders
  • Promoting connectivity with other research communities enabling maximum impact to be realised.
    • Engaging with the community and enabling them to inform the research agenda
    • Further enabling physical sciences researchers to deliver the impacts of their research
    • Active collaboration between the theme and colleagues across EPSRC and UK Research and Innovation
  • Demonstrating the contribution of physical sciences researchers to the EPSRC Outcomes framework

View an A-Z list of all research areas within the EPSRC portfolio, or all research areas within this theme.

We still aim to fund research across the physical sciences spectrum but in reduce areas this will be on an increased competitive basis. In areas of growth, proposals will still be subject to rigorous peer review to ensure only excellent science is supported.