Biotech and R&D Tax Relief

Biotech is at the heart of the UK’s thriving and globally recognised leadership position in the life sciences. It is at the cutting edge of creating products that cure disease, feed the hungry, reduce our environmental footprint and fuel the world with cleaner energy. One of the reasons the UK has secured its leadership position is through their current research and development tax incentives system, that rewards companies investing in innovation.

While the Government is pushing money into R&D, Biotech firms need to take advantage of the benefits

Do you have a qualifying R&D project? Check below.

With a name like biotech, you would expect the companies to satisfy the research and development tax credits requirement of resolving a scientific or technological uncertainty, yet with HMRC disputing a record number of claims it is important to understand how to accurately present your R&D activities.


Biotech companies are continuously undertaking qualifying R&D activities that are designed to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our society. However, because the R&D in the biotech industry is unique, it requires a R&D specialist to be able to present it in a way that HMRC will understand and grant tax relief. At novel, we have R&D specialists who know how to present biotech activities to HMRC in a way that satisfies all reporting requirements whilst maximising the value of the claim.


With biotech research, testing and development requires a substantial amount of funding and a number of years, so it is crucial for companies to take advantage of the R&D tax relief scheme to ensure they can continue developing products, and are given the time to grow into profitable, innovative companies.



What is R&D tax credit?


The UK Government’s Research and Development Tax Relief scheme is a way to encourage and reward companies that are investing in innovation.



What qualifies as innovation?


For tax purposes, R&D takes place when you are creating something that will advance the overall knowledge or capability in the field of science and technology. In simple terms, if you are solving industry problems, creating new software, a new process or materials, you qualify. Alternatively, you can simply be changing or modifying existing products, processes or services, these activities may qualify too.

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What qualifies?


Most Biotech projects come with its own set of challenges. If you are creating new products, organisms, technologies and ways to solve a problem that haven’t been done before can all count toward an R&D tax credits claim.

See whether your company projects qualify for R&D tax relief


R&D tax relief scheme is remarkably inclusive but HMRC has specific guidelines on what companies can claim the benefit. Find out whether your project qualifies by clicking on the eligibility quiz button below.

Innovative Technologies

– Are you developing a technology that can improve the extraction of a product from its environment to be used as a biofuel, such as ethanol?

– Are you developing a technology that can extract a product or material from the environment to reduce pollution?

– Are you working on zero waste technology?

– Are you developing new medical devices, compounds or medicines?

– Are you creating algorithms and software that can analyse Biotech data?

– Are you training AI to be used for Biotech?

– Are you developing nanotechnology?

Innovative Products

– Are you developing biomining bacteria that is capable of surviving in particular environments?

– Are you developing biodegradable products to be used in medicine, food, fuel etc?

– Are you developing a new type of fungicide that protects agriculture crops?

– Are you creating a new type of fungicide that protects agricultural crops?

– Are you creating bio alternatives to traditional packaging?

– Are you creating new biomaterials to support different market sectors?

Innovative Processes

– Are you working on a way to find environmentally friendly fuel sources?

– Are you genetically modifying crops to support, improve or grow agricultural productivity?

– Are you developing or improving existing genetic modifications, tools and techniques?

– Are you working on targeted immunotherapies?

– Are you trying to improve a product by increasing its shelf life?

Why use Novel for your R&D tax relief claims?

A simple pricing model that reflects our values to help support more R&D claims being done correctly. We do not charge you to download the report. We do not charge you on the percentage of your benefit.  Our monthly subscription fee is set to ensure that even the smallest firms are given the opportunity to submit R&D claims.