Using a Research Service Provider (RSP) to conduct R&D
Research Service Providers (RSPs) are organisations registered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (on behalf of Innovation and Science Australia). They are capable of providing scientific or technical expertise and resources to perform research and development on behalf of other companies.
If you’re a small to medium-sized company, RSPs can help you to identify and gain access to expert R&D resources in particular fields.
You can also collaborate with an RSP to conduct R&D activities for your company without having to invest in the specialist staff or infrastructure needed to support such activities.
Companies that engage an RSP to perform R&D activities can claim an R&D tax offset for eligible expenditure on registered R&D activities even if their total claim is less than the usual expenditure threshold of $20,000 in an income year.
Read Why conduct your R&D with a RSP to find out more about collaborating with RSPs.
Download a copy of the List of RSPs to view current RSPs, their locations, contact details and research specialities.
You can also use the ANZSRC codes and categories to help find the research specialty you need.
Registering as a Research Service Provider
If you have the expertise, resources and capability to conduct R&D, and would like help conduct R&D on behalf of other companies, you may like to register as a Research Service Provider.
RSPs help small and medium-sized companies identify and gain access to expert R&D resources in particular fields. Collaborating RSPs enable companies to conduct R&D activities without having to invest in the specialist staff or infrastructure needed to support such activities.
Before applying for registration, please read the eligibility information in How do I register as an RSP to assess the prospects of meeting the eligibility requirements and committing significant resources to developing a proposal.
You may find the RSP Application notes useful when filling out the registration application form.