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Bridging the gap between research, innovation and standardisation

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European standardisation and research are closely linked and yet today do not interact sufficiently to maximize synergies and to drive together European innovation. Among the ambitions of CEN and CENELEC for 2020 is that European standards makers will be closely cooperating with the research and development community, and that the timely inclusion of research results in standardisation activities will become routine. This is why the “Bridge the Gap between the Research, Innovation and Standardisation Communities” project (BRIDGIT 2) aims to engage fully the research and innovation community with standardization.

Standardisation should become an integral part in the research and innovation lifecycle and will thereby foster the integration of the research and innovation community into standardisation. The project will help to increase the awareness of researchers and innovators about the possibility of using standardisation as a tool for market deployment. Researchers and innovators can improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and use/dissemination of their work by reaching consensus and agreeing on a common approach with respect to products, processes and services.

BRIDGIT 2 ran a survey in which they asked key players in research and innovation (either for research and innovation in general or specifically for the Active and Healthy Ageing area) to participate and provide their views on the importance of standardisation in research and innovation activities. The results of the survey will be used to develop tools specifically for the research and innovation community. This aims to propel the market uptake of (your) innovative work in Europe.

Furthermore, BRIDGIT 2 also organized a “Workshop on Standardisation in European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation“, taking place at CEN-CENELEC (Brussels, Belgium) on November 9, 2018.
CEIS and EY were mandated by CEN-CENELEC to conduct a market study among a number of FP7 and H2020 projects involving standardisation (e.g. by using existing standards, developing new standards or linking up with ongoing standardisation initiatives) or not. This provided a good understanding of the approach towards standardisation implemented in European research projects and achieved a deeper insight of standardisation uptake in research and innovation projects.
The workshop regrouped standardisation experts and research & innovation actors with the objective to present the main findings of this study, share lessons learnt and best practices and collect immediate feedback.
For more information about the outcomes of the workshop, contact Fleur Richard-Tixier (

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