What are core R&D activities?

Core R&D activity is activity that:

  • seeks to resolve scientific or technological uncertainty
  • follows a systematic approach
  • seeks to create new knowledge, or new or improved processes, services or goods.

Where can core R&D activities be carried out?

An activity must be performed in New Zealand to qualify as core R&D activity.

When does core R&D activity begin and end?

As a guide, core R&D activity generally:

  • begins once you have identified a scientific or technological uncertainty and decided to take a planned approach to resolve it
  • ends when you stop measuring and evaluating the extent to which the uncertainty has been resolved.

Examples of core R&D activity

Core R&D activity can include things like:

  • designing and documenting the systematic approach of testing
  • conducting the tests, analysis or experiments
  • evaluating the results and feeding them back to modify the original proposition.

How many core R&D activities can I have?

There must be at least one core R&D activity per project, but some projects may have more than one core R&D activity.

Excluded activities

There are some things that don’t qualify as core R&D activities.

Find out more about excluded activities.