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Research Helpdesk to support researchers and innovators to include standardization in FP7 proposals


20 Jul 2011


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Standardization in future EU-funded projects

Through standardization, researchers can benefit from a better dissemination of their research results, increase the possibility to network with key stakeholders involved in a specific field as well as benefit from a faster access to market for potential innovations. Standardization represents a great opportunity for research organisations and innovative businesses!

Standardization makes a key contribution to research and innovation, and has been identified as a key contributor to the “Innovation Union” initiative within the new EU Strategy for 2020. Standardization can create the necessary bridge between research and innovation, and therefore contribute to the competitiveness of the EU on a global scale.

At a time when the new wave of calls under EU Framework Programme 7 has just been launched, CEN and CENELEC have decided to put into place a new team to support and inform the research community in understanding and integrating standardization in their future research and innovation project.

Some of the FP7 calls published today mention standards and standardization as work activities or targeted outputs for the future projects.

Do you know how to include standardization in your future project proposal?
Through dedicated tools, including web pages and a Research Helpdesk, CEN and CENELEC are at the disposal of researchers and companies willing to ensure their project benefits from standardization. The team provides tailored advice to project consortia, informing them of already relevant standards work, and helping them put together new projects for standards on innovative products.

You can contact our Research Helpdesk at; You can visit the dedicated webpages at and

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business catalyst in Europe, removing trade barriers for European stakeholders such as industry, public administration, service providers, consumers and other stakeholders. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens, and the environment. Through its services, CEN provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other specifications.

CEN’s 31 National Members work together to develop voluntary European Standards (ENs) in various sectors to build a European Internal Market for goods and services and to position Europe in the global economy. By supporting research, and helping disseminate innovation, standards are a powerful tool for economic growth. More than 60.000 technical experts as well as business federations, consumer and other societal interest organizations are involved in the CEN network that reaches over 480 million people. For further information, please visit:

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization is officially responsible for standardization in the electrotechnical field. In an ever more global economy, CENELEC fosters innovation and competitiveness, making technology available not only to major businesses but also to SMEs through the production of voluntary standards. CENELEC creates market access at the European level but also at the international level through its cooperation agreement with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Through the work of its 31 Members together with its experts, the industry federations and consumers, Electrotechnical European Standards are created in order to help shape the European Internal Market, to encourage technological development, to ensure interoperability and to guarantee the safety and health of consumers and provide environmental protection. Detailed information available at

Media Contact: CEN and CENELEC Ludovic Highman Editorial Project Manager Tel: +32 2 550 08 32 Email


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