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SRED eligibility: Question 4

We have been examining the 5 questions for which CRA requires a Yes answer for a project to be determined as SR&ED. If you haven’t already, read our last post on systematic investigation.

Scientific or Technological Advancement?

The next question is whether the way the project was done was for the purpose of achieving a scientific or technological advancement. A product or process is sometimes improved without there being a gain in understanding the underlying principles. This is not SR&ED. For there to be SR&ED, there has to be an increase in knowing why and how something works OR doesn’t work. The issue is whether the applicant’s scientific or technological knowledge base has increased by doing the project.

View the 5th and final SRED eligibility question.

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SRED eligibility: Question 3

The third one has to do with whether the overall approach taken to resolve the technological uncertainties reflects “a systematic investigation” and includes testing the hypotheses through “experiment or analysis”.

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