Two types of R&D relief

By claiming R&D tax credits, you can claim back between £0.11-£0.33 from the UK government for every £1 invested. How much you are entitled to depends on your company size.

Want to find out how much you can claim?

  1. Small and medium-sized (SME) R&D relief

    This is for businesses with:

    Less than
    500 staff
    Less than €100m turnover
    or balance sheet below €86m

    SMEs that qualify for the relief can:

    • Deduct an extra 130% of their qualifying costs from your yearly profit, as well as the normal 100% deduction, to make a total 230% deduction
    • If loss-making, claim a tax credit worth up to 14.5% of the surrenderable loss
  2. Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC)

    Companies that do not qualify for SME relief can claim if they have:

    More than
    500 employees
    A turnover of
    more than €100m
    Have been subcontracted to do
    R&D work by a large company

    Businesses that qualify for RDEC claims can:

    • Get a tax credit of 13% (taxable) equivalent to 11p for every £1 spent on R&D
    • Depending on if your company is profit or loss-making the credit may be used to remove a tax liability or take the form of a cash payment

Am I eligible for R&D tax relief?

We’ve created a simple way to assess if you might be eligible for innovation relief. Take the short test and answer 15 questions about your business then find out what R&D funding support you might be missing out on.

We’ll also send you a comprehensive, tailored report on what options best suit you and what your next steps should be.

Find out in just three simple steps

  1. It takes less than 5 minutes
  2. You’ll answer 13 questions
  3. We’ll tell you whether you’re eligible for R&D tax credits, or one of the other government innovation funding schemes

Qualifying expenditure includes:



and external workers

Research contributions


What qualifies as R&D in my sector?

It’s easy to overlook day-to-day projects that could unknowingly count as R&D, with 75% of clients we first speak to unaware they are eligible to claim. Our dedicated guides give examples of what R&D looks like in your industry.


Construction and planning

Finance and insurance

Food and beverage

Information and communication





Water & waste

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