How EPSRC is governed

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) role is set out in section 95 of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017). It is responsible for covering research into engineering and physical sciences. For example:

  • leadership of engineering and physical sciences research in the UK, including prioritisation of budgets and the development of delivery plans
  • ensuring the future supply of skilled researchers and other specialists essential to the sustainability of the UK’s research and innovation capacity
  • engaging with the research community to develop ideas, raise awareness and disseminate strategic outputs.

Read the UKRI-EPSRC policy baseline.

Read about how we allocate our research budget.

EPSRC Council

EPSRC is led by the executive and council chair, who, with 12 ordinary members, are responsible for the development and implementation of the EPSRC strategic delivery plan. They are supported by a team of senior staff.

Read more about the council.

Executive Board and senior staff

See members of our Executive Board and senior staff.

Science, Engineering and Technology Board

The Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB) uses scientific and technological insight to identify and champion bold new research challenges at the cutting edge of engineering and physical sciences for future investment.

See members, minutes and how to join.

Strategic advisory bodies

The strategic advisory network and strategic advisory teams provide advice to the Executive and theme leaders respectively.

Read more about both bodies.

Archer2 management

The Academic Research Computing High End Resource (ARCHER2) service is a world-class advanced computing resource for UK researchers.

Find more details on ARCHER2, including how to access the service.

Appointments assurance committee

The committee is responsible for reviewing the adequacy and robustness of the nomination and selection processes and confirming new appointments to the EPSRC’s strategic advisory bodies.

See the membership and terms of reference.

Last updated: 25 July 2022

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