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Information and communication technologies (ICT)

The vision for ICT capability is to support UK scientists to deliver the very best research and training to meet the future scientific needs across the science base. This needs to be set in the context of the national provision and also how the UK competes in these areas internationally.

To deliver this aspiration and ensure that we will provide the flow of people needed to sustain capability at all career stages in areas of strategic importance we have mapped the whole portfolio and highlighted those areas with strategies where we wish to encourage a shift in the current levels of investment. The following landscape graphic is deliberately set at the research area level to reflect back to the community the competing investments.

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Maths of computing Theory of computation Programming languages and compilers Software engineering Databases Verification and correctness Architectures and operating systems Biological Informatics Microelectronics design Information systems Vision, hearing and other senses Graphics and visualisation Non CMOS device technology CMOS device technology Displays Image and vision computing Artificial intelligence technologies Natural language processing RF and microwave devices Digital signal processing Speech technology Human communication in ICT RF and microwave communications Optical communications Optical devices and subsystems Music and acoustic technology Human-computer interaction Mobile computing ICT networks and distributed systems Optoelectronic devices and circuits

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Circles represent the total value of EPSRC’s current investment (excluding training) in the research area on 01 April 2011. Figures will be updated in the next financial year. The links shown in the diagram highlight the major connections between research areas within the EPSRC research portfolio.

Modelling Theory and IT Systems is no longer a research area in our description of the EPSRC portfolio. The research and methodologies previously described as Modelling Theory and IT Systems is incorporated in various aspects of ICT research portfolio and the projects previously coded to this area are now included in the Maths of Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Architectures and Operating Systems research areas. The baseline funding levels have been adjusted accordingly. This decision was taken on the basis of advice from the research community.

We still aim to fund research across the ICT 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.


The ICT Capability Theme includes UK research into computer science, user-interface technologies, communications, electronics and photonics.

Towards an intelligent information infrastructure (TI3), Many-core architectures and concurrency in distributed and embedded systems, Photonics for future systems, New and emerging areas in ICT, Working together

Our approach

The ICT Capability Theme has developed a twin track approach to Shaping Capability over the last months by combining perceptions of individual research areas and awareness of cross cutting ICT research priorities.


Research and training in Information and communications technology (ICT) is a priority for EPSRC, and provides technologies vital to the prosperity of the UK, as well as the safety and wellbeing of its people.

Challenge themes, Addressing the Delivery Plan goals, Future plans, Delivery Plan outcomes, Fellowships in the ICT theme ...

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