There are many arguments as to why using existing standards or even shaping future standards will benefit researchers and research projects:
- Using standards as a knowledge source in the earliest possible stages of your research and innovation avoids duplication of work and places your contribution on a broad and marketable basis;
- Building upon standards ensures compliance with market conditions and increases the transparency for prospective customers;
- Being involved in standardization and shaping future standards helps to translate your research and innovation findings, including intellectual property rights, into marketable solutions. This aspect has been recognized by the European Commission with Horizon 2020;
- Addressing standardization as part of your dissemination strategy can help win funding for your research and innovation. In parallel, monitoring or even influencing future standards might lower your future R&D risks and costs.
Effectively disseminating research results will become even more important in the future. Firstly, Europe’s future is connected to its power to innovate. Research outcomes have to lead to innovative products and services. Secondly, the complexity and interdisciplinarity of today’s products and services is constantly rising. Thirdly, customers expect new and innovative solutions after increasingly shorter periods of time.
For all these reasons standards come into play as they speed up the access to market. Some practical examples of the fruitful interaction between research and standardization are available online.
Being part of the standardization community allows you to interact with key stakeholders and market players, and acquire knowledge you might not gain outside of this community. Participating in standardization, increases your visibility and you will be part of a recognized and reputable worldwide platform.
Be part of this community and frame the rules relevant not only for future markets but also for future research and innovation! Discover how standards can support research and innovation.