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Structural Health Monitoring R&D Tax Relief Claims & Refunds

Claim R&D Tax Credits for (SHM) Structural Health Monitoring Research

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a rapidly evolving field in civil engineering. It involves researching and implementing advanced systems, including sensors, data analytics, and predictive maintenance algorithms, to monitor the condition of buildings and infrastructure. These systems detect potential defects or damages, ensuring structural integrity and safety. Companies investing in SHM research can claim Research and Development (R&D) tax credits, a government incentive designed to encourage innovation.

Eligibility for R&D Tax Credits

To qualify for R&D tax credits, the research must involve technological advancements and overcome scientific or technological uncertainties. Here are three examples of eligible SHM projects:

Advanced Sensor Development: The creation of new, more sensitive, or more durable sensors for use in SHM could qualify for R&D tax credits. For example, a project to develop sensors that can withstand extreme temperatures or pressures while accurately detecting structural changes would likely be eligible.

Data Analytics Algorithms: The development of sophisticated data analytics algorithms for interpreting the vast amounts of data collected by SHM systems could also qualify. An example might be a project to create machine learning algorithms capable of identifying subtle patterns in sensor data that indicate potential structural damage.

Predictive Maintenance Strategies: The implementation of predictive maintenance strategies using SHM data is another area that could qualify for R&D tax credits. For instance, a project to develop an algorithm that can predict when maintenance will be required based on real-time SHM data would likely be eligible.

Claiming R&D Tax Credits

The process of claiming R&D tax credits involves identifying qualifying R&D activities, calculating the associated expenditures, and including this information in your tax return. Detailed records of your R&D activities and expenditures are crucial as they provide the necessary evidence for your claim.


R&D tax credits can significantly offset the costs associated with SHM research, encouraging further innovation in this vital field. By understanding the eligibility criteria and claim process, companies can maximize these incentives, driving advancement in Structural Health Monitoring.

Construction R&D Tax Relief Credits, Claims & Refunds

Our construction tax relief experts work with you to identify the scope of R&D work for the relevant projects and potential eligibility. We then help to prepare the tax relief claim, making sure all relevant information is included. Expect a fast, efficient and transparent claim process.

Our average tax credit rebate is £72,000. If you’re not sure you have a R&D tax credit claim, there’s a quick way to find out. Contact us for a free tax relief consultation on 01743 298980. No Claim, No Fee!

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