International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies




Standardisation 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 standardisation to research or innovation projects can encourage the dissemination of innovation, and moreover, bring a real competitive advantage. This approach, referred to as the "Integrated Approach of standardization in research and innovation", is also currently the subject of discussions at European level, within the European standards bodies, but also within the European Commission (DG Enterprise and DG Research), for a better consideration of standardization in the Framework Programmes for Research and Development.
The integrated approach advocates that standardization is considered during the life-time of the innovation or research project, and not as an after-thought.

The integrated approach was developed in a Joint Working Group of the CEN and CENELEC BTs: STAIR (STAndardization, Innovation and Research) - more information on STAIR.


CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk

Several of the calls issued under FP7 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.


The CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk provides support to and information on:


• how standards can support R&D and innovation;
• why you should integrate standardization in your research (FP7) and innovation project;
what services we offer.


Contact the CEN-CENELEC Helpdesk. All requests will be treated with strict confidentiality.


For the new wave of FP7 calls, project proposers should contact us at least 3 weeks before the call deadline.


The CEN-CENELEC Research Helpdesk organises on 13 September 2012 an Info Session on 'Standards support to FP7 projects' following the July 2012 FP7 calls for proposal. Attendance is free of charge. The event will be followed by a networking lunch.


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