The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has introduced an online system for the research and development (R&D) tax incentive. The system is Internet-based and accessible from any web browser or device, and you can use it to submit R&D tax incentive project applications and progress reports, as well as to change your company's details.

The introduction of this automated system is intended to streamline the application and reporting processes, the administrative burden and improve the turnaround times for responses to applications. This is an important milestone for the DSI, as it will enable the R&D tax incentive team to enhance its support for new and existing R&D tax incentive participants.

After 3 October 2022, the DSI will no longer accept manual (RD2 form) applications.



The online system will provide a variety of benefits for R&D tax incentive participants, including the following:

  • You will be able to link your authorised representative to your company profile and to change the information on your representative.
  • You will be able to view your submission status in real time.
  • You will receive reminders about due or outstanding progress reports to facilitate compliance, and you will be notified if any additional information on project applications submitted is required.
  • You will be able to change your company profile and project applications.


Changes to the submission forms

The questions on the application form have been changed to make it easier for companies to demonstrate clearly and adequately that their R&D activities are eligible in terms of section 11D of the Income Tax Act. Some of the information collected through the application form will be used for monitoring and evaluation only, and will not have material bearing on the eligibility of new projects.


What you need to know before submitting a project application for the first time

  • Authorised principal representatives (i.e. company directors, consultancy firms and industry associations) are required to create profiles for the companies they are representing before submitting a project application.
  • The principal representative has to have an appointment letter on the company letterhead before they can create a profile.


Migration of the manual information

The DSI will gradually migrate the large volume of existing data from manually submitted forms to enable companies with approved R&D projects to submit their annual progress reports online. Companies that submitted applications and received approval on their R&D projects before the launch of the online system should contact the DSI when it is time to submit their annual progress reports.



If you have any questions, please contact Ms Pamella Madula at 067 352 6997 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Ms Christel Wolmarans at 067 352 4895 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..