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Shipbuilding and maritime companies may be eligible for R&D tax credits for performing qualified research activities. For example, the following activities may be eligible for R&D tax credits:

  • Performing technical research on new and/or improved alternative materials (greater durability, cheaper, etc.) for vessel construction

  • Performing technical research on new and/or improved welding techniques per specific functional requirements

  • Developing new and/or improved alternative propulsion methodologies to enhance product or vessel performance

  • Developing new and/or improved weaponry and tactical systems

  • Designing new and/or improved navigation system controls or monitoring 

  • Designing new and/or improved shipbuilding methods and pre-bid technical research

  • Designing new and/or improved block assembly planning for enhanced shipbuilding efficiency

  • Designing new and/or improved control system mechanisms (hardware, software, electronics, etc.)

  • Testing new and/or improved components, machinery integration, or 

  • Evaluating alternative joining methods and techniques for improved hull assembly

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