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.
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.
An annual award is presented to a European Research / Innovation project (H2020 / Horizon Europe) who successfully contributes to standardization.
A second award is given to an individual who successfully introduces her/his research outcome or innovation into standardization, thereby creating impact for her/his work.
The third award is a biennial award presented to a Technical Body Officer (Chair, Convenor or Secretary) who actively and successfully collaborated with researchers/innovators within his/her technical body.