From electrical to mechanical, marine to aerospace, engineering plays a crucial role in technical problem solving - R&D tax credits reward this.
Who qualifies for R&D in engineering?
Your organisation could be investing time and money in a wide variety of activities, attempting to push through barriers in engineering. Solving technical problems to take concepts from theory to application may make you eligible for R&D tax credits.
In the engineering sector, the only constant is change. Pioneering solutions tackle scientific or technological uncertainty.
What types of engineering projects may qualify for R&D tax credits?
Control system design
Creating unique computer control programmes and producing innovative programmable logic controllers.
Creating improvements in techniques and methods, reducing faults, achieving complex material forms and developing next generation capabilities.
Overcoming problems with material compatibilities, reducing costs, meeting regulatory change or creating new finishes e.g. colours or textures.
Copying with a difference
Replicating a product, device or process without infringing patents; using cheaper materials, faster schemes of assembly, or introducing sustainable techniques.
What will an R&D engineering team look like?
Varying roles related to engineering activities, from project coordinators to polymer engineers, electricians to welders.
What might qualifying R&D projects involve in engineering?
- Experimental design iterations aimed at improving performance, reliability, quality or safety requirements
- Overcoming environmental or spatial constraints
- Developing solutions to accommodate mechanical components
- Improving structural schemes and construction techniques
- Combining technologies to work in a way they were not originally intended
- Improvements to speed, yield, strength, longevity, tolerance, throughput, etc.