Summary: Data is based on EPSRC's current portfolio in January 2009Version 1
EPSRC invests in high-quality basic, strategic and applied research and related postgraduate training to
help the nation exploit the next generation of technological change. The investments cover a wide range of
research and training from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to
This Landscape document is a milestone for EPSRC. For the first time we have sought to present, in one
place, a complete overview and analysis of our entire £3.7 billion portfolio of grants and awards capturing the
importance of EPSRC support to the academic sector where we provide 10% of all PhD studentships and one
in five of all externally funded research staff in UK universities.
The Landscape document seeks to identify at an aggregate level, key features concerning both the shape and
nature of the portfolio, articulate trends and outline some of the challenges to be met if the UK is to maintain
its position as a major force in international science and technology.
The Landscape should be considered in the context of our current Delivery Plan covering new investments
and priorities over the period 2008/9 2010/11. The Delivery Plan responds to the key challenges facing
government, society and the economy in order to ensure that research aligns with real issues and business
needs of the UK and worldwide markets.