Which sectors qualify for Ireland's R&D tax credits? 

Qualifying R&D can be found across a vast range of industry sectors, from engineering and technology to food and drink. With so many sectors to consider, it can be difficult for companies to find practical information about the R&D tax credit that’s relevant to their business. To help address this, we’ve put together information leaflets for the five key industry sectors in which qualifying R&D is typically found:

 

 

Don’t worry if your sector isn’t listed; we’ve worked with clients in almost every industry so we can help determine if your activities meet the criteria for a compliant claim.

Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals & medical devices

 

 Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices

Our work for companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors has found eligible expenditure in:
 

  • The design and development of new production processes for existing medical devices products
  • The development of new consumer drug formulations and coating techniques
  • The development of new test methods, DOEs, etc.


For additional examples of qualifying activities in these sectors, a case study and examples of claims we’ve worked on, see our information flyer:

 

   

Engineering, energy & natural resources

 

 R&D Tax Credits: Engineering, Energy & Natural Resources

Our work for companies in the engineering, energy and natural resources sectors has found eligible expenditure in:
 

  • The design and development of a new refrigeration unit for food transport
  • The development of a new process for recycling plastics
  • The development of a software system to monitor and price renewable energy production.


For additional examples of qualifying activities in these sectors, a case study and examples of claims we’ve worked on, see our information flyer:

 


       

    Financial services

     

     R&D Tax Credits: Financial Services

    Our work for companies in the financial services sector has found eligible expenditure in:
     

    • The development of a new fast trading system
    • Advanced mathematical modelling
    • The development of software systems to meet new reporting requirements.


    For additional examples of qualifying activities in this sector, a case study and examples of claims we’ve worked on, see our information flyer:

     

       

    Food & drink

     

     R&D Tax Credits: Food & Drink

    Our work for companies in the food and drink sector has found eligible expenditure in:
     

    • The design, development and integration of a new food processing line
    • The development of new products and ingredient formulae
    • The development of new flavours for alcoholic drinks.


    For additional examples of qualifying activities in this sector, a case study and examples of claims we’ve worked on, see our information flyer:

     

     

       

    Software & electronics

     

     R&D Tax Credits: Software & Electronics

    Our work for companies in the software and electronics sectors has found eligible expenditure in:
     

    • Software programming relating to processing speed, performance or connectivity
    • Wireless and telecoms applications
    • Internet security and content delivery.


    For additional examples of qualifying activities in these sectors, a case study and examples of claims we’ve worked on, see our information flyer: