Strategy for Physical sciences

Physical sciences research remains a priority for EPSRC. We will shape and integrate the portfolio to meet the many societal and economic challenges that rely on fundamental science for solutions.

Physical sciences research spans the breadth of the EPSRC remit, and is relevant to the BBSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC research portfolios. We aim to provide greater opportunities for researchers to deliver the very best research and training and relate these strengths, where appropriate, to the challenges highlighted in our Delivery Plan, as we focus on meeting strategic national needs through international research excellence.

The Physical Sciences theme mission is:

To deliver internationally competitive physical sciences research and training that reflects the needs of science, industry and government.

The theme aim to do this by:

  • Understanding the landscape and ensuring a high quality, balanced portfolio is maintained
  • Creating opportunities for leaders across all career stages
  • Facilitating engagement between the research base and stakeholders
  • Promoting connectivity with other research communities, enabling maximum impact to be realised

The Physical sciences portfolio is fundamental and high-risk, as the potential impact can be many years away. Our aim is to maintain the flow of people needed to sustain capability at all career stages, ensuring we have the right people in the right places to exploit new opportunities as the Physical sciences landscape evolves.