SR&ED: the Construction Industry

SR&ED isn’t all lab coats and microscopes. In fact, you don’t need a team of scientists and engineers working with your construction company to qualify. You simply need technically competent and qualified people whose work meets these three criteria:

  1. Technical uncertainty – uncertain whether the problem can be solved based on general available knowledge or experience
  2. Technical content – there must be evidence that qualified personnel with relevant experience in science, technology or engineering have conducted a systematic investigation through experiment or analysis. As mentioned above they can be scientists and engineers, but they don’t need to be. Many successful claims include programmers, project managers, technicians, skilled tradespeople, and process operators.
  3. Technological advancement – the work must generate information that advances understanding of scientific relations or technologies.


So how do these criteria relate to construction? We’ll go through some examples.


Work That Could Qualify for SR&ED in the Construction Industry

  • Investigations related to the development of new or improved construction and building materials
  • Design and development of construction equipment and tools
  • Integrating new and renewable energy resources
  • Investigations related to the development of new or improved building materials 
  • Addressing non-standard construction problems
  • Investigation / analysis of construction site failures of various origins
  • Improving the energy efficiency of a builtin using composite materials
  • Using new construction processes to reduce the impact on the surrounding environment


This list is quite general, however, you can begin to see how this can cover a variety of projects in the industry. There are many qualifying projects relating to job site issues, consulting engineering, Ready Mix concrete, aggregates, asphalt and cement.


Questions About SR&ED Qualifications?

We can help you identify eligible SR&ED activities, and build a robust case for filing a claim by collating accurate supporting documentation. We also work with our other teams to suggest additional grants your business could be eligible for. Read more about us here.

Get in touch with us to request a free consultation.


*The information above is meant for informational purposes only, and not to be used as advice.

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