Neither in basic research nor in the search for new applications do scientists move in a vacuum. No innovation leads an island existence. It is always docked to the real world. Innovations must communicate and interact on a secure basis with the real world, must meet established framework conditions.

Standards make a decisive contribution to ensuring that innovations prevail in the marketplace. And they not only shorten time-to-market, but also facilitate access to the public procurement market.

Standards+Innovation Awards

Awards Categories

Project award presented annually to a European research / innovation project (H2020 / Horizon Europe) who successfully contributes to standardization.

Individual researcher/innovator presented annually to an individual who successfully introduces her/his research outcome or innovation into standardization, thereby creating impact for her/his work.

Young Researcher presented annually to an individual student, under 30 years of age, based on the work done for academic theses, doctoral dissertations or other university research project addressing standardization.

Technical Body Officer biennial award presented to a technical body officer (Secretary, Chair, Convenor) who actively and successfully collaborated with researchers/innovators within his/her technical body.

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Previous nominees and winners

DELANEY Fiona Origin Chain Networks Start-up

Individual researcher/innovator winner 2020


Individual researcher/innovator winner 2019


Project winner 2020

SMR Smart Mature Resilience

Project winner 2019

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CEN and CENELEC launched the Standards+Innovation Awards to acknowledge the important contribution of research and innovation to standardization and celebrating the contributions of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to standardization.

Standards+Innovation Awards 2020