Governments and public funding agencies recognize that engineering is a science, with the same status as chemistry, biology and physics. However, many engineering companies do not realize that they engage in R&D activities on a daily basis. Typically, engineers encounter complex problems, evaluate various solutions, and resolve these problems through an iterative process. There is funding available to support this process.
Examples of eligible R&D activities:
Whether companies provide civil, structural or aeronautical engineering services, it is very likely that they will carry out activities eligible for tax credits or subsidies.
- conceptualize ideas and designs;
- assess the geological characteristics or climatic conditions of a site, to determine design and development requirements;
- develop and design masterplans;
- create new and innovative designs for various structures;
- collaboration and evaluation between consultants on the means and methods of constructability;
- engage in high added value engineering activities.