How to include standardization in an R&I project or proposal

To standardize

or not to standardize

There is no one right way to include standardization in your R&I project or proposal. 

It all depends on what your project needs and what you want to achieve.

  • Identify existing standards and information on ongoing standardization initiatives and relevant Technical Committees which are relevant to the project.

  • This provides an overview of the state of the art and existing practices, especially in industrial environment, allows apply existing knowledge to the project activities and identify standardization gaps to be revealed.

  • All R&I projects can profit from this kind of information.

  • Most information is available in search engines on the webpages of the different standardization organizations or through specific applications (e.g. Perinorm).


existing standards


Standardization planning

  • Identify, analyze, discuss and elaborate a structured plan for future standardization development in a sector or topic.

  • This can raise awareness about standardization needs and opportunities discovered in the project, build up networks or link with other projects and approaches.

  • The project can organize events for meeting stakeholders and discussing needs, lead a CEN-CENELEC STAIR Platform or elaborate a standardization roadmap.

Influence ongoing standardization

  • Join ongoing standardization work relevant for the project, to integrate some of the results in them, either for new standards or for the modification of existing ones.

  • This allows to gain visibility, applicability and long-term impact of the project results, using the momentum of existing works instead of starting new ones.

  • The project can contact the relevant Technical Committees and provide some informed suggestions, recommendations or proposals, join the TC works by participating as an expert through the relevant National Standardization Body or ask for a Project Liaison.

Proposal and elaboration of existing standards

  • Directly engage standardization organizations to lead the elaboration of new standards which support the project results.

  • This increases long-term impact of the project and sets the basis for future innovation, especially where different sectors and stakeholders can benefit from it.

  • The project can propose the creation of a CEN-CENELEC Workshop to develop a CWA or propose the elaboration of a TS or TR in a Technical Committee.


to new standards

  • A specific partner can be recruited for taking care of the above standardization activities in the projects.

  • This complements the consortium with expertise and knowledge about standardization procedures, provide visibility and reliability to the standardization activities included in the project.

  • The best suited stakeholder to perform this kind of activities is a National Standards Body, member of the European and international organization, which can guide through all activities explained above and support decision making. They also perform the secretariat roles in new standardization proposals.


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