CEN and CENELEC have taken into account the numerous EU policy initiatives calling for more links between research and standardization. To address this challenge, the CEN and CENELEC Technical Boards agreed in October 2008 to create a joint strategic Working Group to address STAndardization, Innovation and Research, in short: STAIR. The STAIR Group provides strategic advice to the two Technical Boards in order to reach an integrated approach between research, innovation and standardization.
Within the context of metrology research, CEN and CENELEC co-operate with EURAMET, the European Association of National Metrology Institutes by identifying metrology research needs identified during standardization.
Through the cooperation agreement between CEN-CENELEC and EURAMET, CEN and CENELEC are invited to submit metrology research needs in support of their standardization activities to EURAMET.
This practice was piloted in the context of the EMRP programme (EMRP - the European Metrology Research Programme, for the calls for research projects issued between 2009 and 2013) but is now intensified and formalized in the context of EMPIR, the new "European Metrology Programme for Research and Innovation" in the frame of Horizon 2020, with calls from 2014 to 2020.
A structure, reporting to the joint CEN-CENELEC Working Group STAIR and called STAIR-EMPIR (Chairperson Ms Maguelonne Chambon of LNE, Secretary Mr Ortwin Costenoble of NEN) was created to manage the orderly submission of relevant research needs resulting from standardization into the EMPIR process.
An overview of collected needs (pdf format) and their relationship to metrology research projects (covering the 2014-2016 calls) illustrates the outcomes of the co-operation.
For the 2017 call, a new series of metrology research needs from standardization has been collected: their overview is available at the EURAMET website to support proposers of research topics.
For future calls, it will be possible to communicate needs for metrology research resulting from standardization at any time during the year by using this submission form (docx format).
Generic information on the EMPIR metrology research programme run by EURAMET, as well as how interactions with EURAMET in the EMPIR-context are organized, was the subject of a webinar organized in September 2016. The webinar presentation (pdf format) used at that occasion is available for download.