Research and Innovation

Standardization is a collaborative process involving all interested stakeholders.

A stakeholder group with a particularly strong influence on the evolution of technology, industry, and society is the research and innovation community.

The world is constantly evolving and moving forward, making innovation essential to this process. The same is true of the world of standardization. New standards are constantly developed and published while existing standards undergo revisions to keep up with technological progress. Therefore, strengthening the bonds between standardization and the research and innovation communities is essential. 


The benefits of integrating standards into research and innovation activities is twofold. First, integration facilitates early identification of emerging science and technology where standardization can play a role in their deployment and thereby ensures the timely inclusion of research results in standardisation activities. Second, bringing forth research and innovation-based ideas for the development of new standards can facilitate market acceptance of innovative products while increasing their relevance.


Transferring innovation and research outcomes into standards can have a significant impact on the subsequent use of those outcomes by industry by making it clear not only what the results are but also how to implement them ensuring compatibility and interoperability with existing technologies and processes.


For more information, please consult the dedicated areas:

Standards + Innovation contains information for our external stakeholders and interested parties of the research & innovation community


Tools for Members provides an overview of the training materials and supporting tools available to assist CEN and CENELEC Members in engaging with the research and innovation community  


CEN & CENELEC Activities presents the main initiatives and collaboration ongoing to support CEN and CENELEC ambition to strengthen their relationship with researchers and innovators.


Horizon Europe shows how Europe’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation can stand to benefit from standardization.





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