Research and Development Arrangements, ASC 730

Research and Development Arrangements

SFAS 68, October 1982
“Research and Development Arrangements”

Research and development arrangements
Research and development is funded by other parties

Forms of research and development arrangements
1. Liability to repay to other parties
2. Obligation to perform contractual services
3. Loan to other parties
4. Issuance of warrants

Liability to repay to other parties
1. If repayment is required regardless of the result of R&D activities
–> recognize it as a liability

2. R&D costs are expensed as incurred

Obligation to perform contractual services
1. If repayment of loan depends on the result of R&D activities
–> this obligation is a contract to perform R&D for others

2. Apply accounting for contract revenue and costs

Loan to other parties
If repayment of loan depends on the result of R&D activities
–> the loan is charged to R&D expenses

Issuance of warrants
If warrants are issued by R&D arrangement
–> the fair value of the instrument is
–> reported as paid-in capital

 

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