Standardization and research – How do these two fit together?

Dipl.-Ing. Margarethe Boresch, Project manager at DIN

EU institutions and R&D stakeholders have increasingly recognized the role of standardization as a bridge between research activities, innovation and the market.

In the European framework programme Horizon 2020 standardization is identified as one of the measures to support the transfer of research results and innovation to the market.

“Stronger support will be given to the market take-up of innovation, including by the public sector. This [...] will involve a better use of the potential of research infrastructures, as well as setting technical standards, pre-commercial procurement and strengthened loan and equity financing."

The transfer of innovative topics and research results into standardization foster dissemination and provide public availability of relevant results even having finished the project. Standards enhance recognition of the researcher’s results.

Be a part in European standardization increases the network with relevant stakeholders and identifies potential scientific or commercial collaboration. The European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) also have agreements with the International Standardization Organizations (ISO and IEC) which can be further explored for international dissemination.

It furthermore generates an advantage in knowledge and time within the R&D process. Early presence in relevant fields of standardization can ensure a leading role in emerging technologies.

Existing standards can codify and spread state of the art developments to various technologies. The need for additional standards can lead to the identification of new research needs and thus new ideas for research projects.

DIN as partner in SMARTDIAGNOS ensures that standardization is given due consideration from the very start.

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Source: Blind and Gauch, 2009

Title: Different types of standard in the research and innovation process