It is generally understood that innovation and standardization are mutually supportive. CEN and CENELEC contributed through two research studies to the body of evidence supporting this beneficial link.
A 2014 study performed by Optimat LtD in the context of the BRIDGIT project looked into the benefits of linking innovation and research. The study gave evidence that standards play a multiple, catalytic role in the innovation system. Please read the final report "Research Study on the Benefits of Linking Innovation and Standardization" (pdf format). A second study (2013) also commissioned by CEN and CENELEC demonstrates how standardization contributes to innovation in European-funded research projects. The study, led by the Technopolis research consultancy, analyses how different research projects have included standardization and the benefits this brings. Please read the final report of the 'Study on the contribution of standardization to innovation in European-funded research projects' (pdf format).
During the study by Technopolis, a number of case studies had been identified as ‘Success Stories’ where standardization had played a key role in overcoming any obstacles encountered in European research projects. In addition, a number of fact sheets are available of research projects thad had included standarization in their work plans. All of these case studies with an indication of the resulting standardization deliverable can be found below.