Standardization is a key supporter of open markets, free trade and interoperability on a global level. Standardization is also a recognised tool for improving competitiveness of enterprises, and fostering access to market of innovative solutions.
R&D projects contribute to fast and effective standardization and standardization supports the promotion of innovation, bolstering fundamental research to develop new products and services and improve the quality of these products/services.
Integrating standardization to research or innovation projects can encourage the dissemination of innovation, and moreover, bring a real competitive advantage
Many calls issued under Horizon 2020 refer to the possibility of standards and standardization being included in the work activities or possible outputs of projects. Integrating standards and standardization in project proposals can amplify the impacts of future projects, as well as facilitating the dissemination and exploitation of research results.
More information on the relevance of standardization in a research and innovation context and how to approach this in practice is available from the Research & Innovation section of the CEN-CENELEC website.