Areas in which fellowships are available

EPSRC's Capability and Challenge Themes have an on-going process to prioritise the areas in which fellowships will be offered.

We will not accept applications in areas outside of those identified below. Applicants should refer to the thematic programme priorities for additional details on the research areas we wish to appoint fellows in. Please see the theme links in the table for details on the priority areas.

Thematic areas Postdoctoral Early career Established career

Across themes

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (ICT and Engineering)

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (ICT and Engineering)

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (ICT and Engineering)

Quantum Technology

This area is no longer available for fellowships

Digital economy

Applications not invited at this career stage

Advancing the Understanding and Development of the Internet of Things for the Digital economy

Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

Designing and exploiting digital systems for society and the economy

Advancing the Understanding and Development of the Internet of Things for the Digital economy

Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

Designing and exploiting digital systems for society and the economy

Engineering

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (with ICT)

Water Engineering

Complex Fluids and Rheology

Software development for novel Engineering research

Particle Technology

Synthetic biology

Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience

Microsystems

Advanced Materials Engineering

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (with ICT)

Control Engineering

Water Engineering

Complex Fluids and Rheology

Particle Technology

Synthetic biology

Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience

Microsystems

Advanced Materials Engineering

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (with ICT)

Control Engineering

Manufacturing the Future

Applications not invited at this career stage

21st Century Products

New Industrial Systems

Digital Manufacturing

Sustainable Industries

21st Century Products

New Industrial Systems

Digital Manufacturing

Sustainable Industries

Physical Sciences

Applications not invited at this career stage

New and Novel Approaches to the Design and Discovery of Materials and Molecules

Theoretical and Computational Physical Sciences

Transforming Understanding of Physical and Chemical Phenomena and Processes

New Physical Sciences for Biology and Medicine

New Physical Sciences for Energy

New Ways of Working in the Physical Sciences

Materials for Energy

Biophysics and Soft Matter

Surface Science

Chemical Biology and Biological Chemistry

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion

Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and Applied Probability

Intradisciplinary Research

New Connections from Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Aspects of Operational Research

Continuum Mathematics and Advanced Materials in Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and its Interfaces

Statistics and Applied Probability

Intradisciplinary Research

New Connections from Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Aspects of Operational Research

Continuum Mathematics and Advanced Materials in the Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and its Interfaces

Statistics and Applied Probability

New Connections from Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and its Interfaces

Information and Communication Technologies

Applications are not invited at this career stage.

See ‘Across themes’ thematic area for opportunities joint with other themes.

People at the Heart of ICT

See ‘Across all themes’ thematic area for opportunities joint with other themes.

People at the Heart of ICT’ with ‘Cross Disciplinarity and Co-Creation’

See ‘Across all themes’ thematic area for opportunities joint with other themes.

Energy

Bioenergy

End-use Energy Demand

Energy Networks

Energy Storage

Nuclear Fission

Solar Energy

Energy Systems Integration

Offshore renewable energy

David Clarke Fellowship

Bioenergy

End-use Energy Demand

Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy Networks

Energy Storage

Nuclear Fission

Solar Energy

Energy Systems Integration

Offshore renewable energy

Hydrogen and Alternative Energy Vectors

Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy Storage

End-use energy demand (EUED)

Energy Systems Integration

Offshore renewable energy

Hydrogen and Alternative Energy Vectors

Healthcare technologies Applications not invited at this career stage.

Applications not invited at this career stage.

Mandatory pre-application stage, see theme page for details.

Developing Future Therapies

Frontiers of Physical Intervention

Optimising Treatment

Transforming Community Health and Care

On-going refresh of the fellowship priority areas

The Fellowship Framework enables themes to continue to identify and prioritise areas in which they wish to support fellowships.

Where new priority areas are being introduced or notice for removing an area is being given; details will be made available for interested parties on this webpage biannually in spring and autumn each year.

Removal of priority areas – when a theme intends to remove a priority area, EPSRC will give adequate notice of this intention. Aligned to the above process, six months' advance notice will be provided and publicised in either spring or autumn each year. Please note any related applications in process at the time that advance notice is given will continue to be assessed in good faith.

Please also note, EPSRC will not typically be giving notice for adding new fellowship priority areas – these will go live as soon as they are announced on this webpage.

While this biannual process enables fellowship priority areas to be updated on an on-going regular basis, EPSRC reserves the right to introduce new priority areas outside of these defined timescales and at short notice as and when it is deemed necessary.

Changes announced on 8 July 2019

Physical Sciences

Additions:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion (Established Career fellowships only) effective from 8 July 2019.

Changes announced on 3 May 2019

Mathematical Sciences

To be removed at all career stages:

  • Statistics and Applied Probability effective from 30 October 2019

Addition at all career stages:

  • Statistics and its Interfaces

Healthcare Technologies

To be removed:

  • Developing Future Therapies (Established Career) effective from 30 October 2019
  • Frontiers of Physical Intervention (Established Career) effective from 30 October 2019
  • Optimising Treatment (Established Career) effective from 30 October 2019
  • Transforming Community Health and Care (Established Career) effective from 30 October 2019

Energy

As of 30 October 2019 the Energy portfolio will undergo a re-organisation of priority areas, see below for further details. To be removed at all career stages on 30 October 2019:

  • Bioenergy
  • End-Use Energy Demand
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Energy Networks
  • Energy Storage
  • Nuclear Fission
  • Solar Energy
  • Energy Systems Integration
  • Offshore renewable energy
  • Hydrogen and Alternative Energy Vectors

Additions at all career stages in advance of 30 October 2019:

  • Future Electricity generation
  • Energy for transport
  • Energy for heat
  • Energy for industry

No changes will be announced for the autumn 2018 refresh

There will be no new priority areas added and no existing priority areas are due to be removed in the next six months.