The R&D Tax Incentive Online System is going live on 3 October 2022.

Get yourself ready!

From the go-live date onward, you may register your company profile to enable you to submit your new projects.

Who We Are

The South African government offers the R&D tax incentive under section 11D of the Income Tax Act (Act No. 58 of 1962) in order to promote private sector R&D investment in the country. R&D is required in order to boost innovation in the business sector, by improving the capability for developing new products and processes and improving existing ones. This is crucial for improving competitiveness and growth of the South African economy. Read More
Dr Mmboneni Muofhe

Cumulative Contributions

(November 2006 and February 2018)


Applications Received


Projects contained in the applications

(only apply to pre-approval system)


Estimated R&D expenditure on supported applications

Profile of companies supported by the incentive

  • Turnover not indicated - 78
  • SMEs (R40 m and below) - 383
  • Large (R41 m - R100 m) - 119
  • Very Large (R100 m and above) - 322

R&D personnel involved in total applications supported (Nov. 2006 to Feb. 2017)

4330 Engineers

4317 Technicians

1798 Scientists

1985 Managers

2578 Technologist

5426 Other Technical

Applications received by the DSI and indication of multi-year projects (Oct. 2012 to Feb. 2017)

  • Total applications received
  • Applications with mutli-year projetcs

Number of applications received by the DSI per industrial sector (Oct. 2012 to Feb. 2018)

  • Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing - 63
  • Mining and Quarrying - 83
  • Manufacturing - 624
  • Electricity, Gas and Water Supply - 23
  • Transportation, Storage and Communication - 69
  • Financial Intermediation, Real Estate and Business Services - 411
  • Constructions - 13
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade - 27
  • Community, Social and Personal Services - 5

Contributions for 2017/18

Estimated R&D Expenditure 2017/18 Applications

R3 billion
Estimated R&D expenditure on 2017/18 applications

Uptake of applications received by the DSI in 2017/18

Applications Received
Companies Applying for the 1st time
Companies submitted applications
Projects contained in the applications