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Standards and innovation

Standardisation in R&I projects

Horizon Europe Framework Programme

Standardisation adds value to R&D&I projects and activities, if they include the use of the existing standards and the contribution to the development of new standards. This provides an efficient tool for transferring knowledge and opening markets for the results of the research and the innovative solutions. Both aspects, promotion and launch to market, are key to optimising the economic and social impact of innovation.

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Cities in innovative technologies
Standardisation of innovative technology

Using standardisation from the early stages of developing new technologies is a key strategy to optimising their implementation, avoiding duplicities and inconsistencies, and identifying what common elements are necessary to progress, what needs additional research and what must be kept as part of each organisation's know-how. 

The interplay between standardization and protection of intellectual property must be extracted to the maximum in order to increase the dissemination and use of new developments, which in turn sets the basis for future innovations.

This is how sectors such as artificial intelligence, shared electronic registry technologies, blockchain, biotechnology, forensic technologies, advanced manufacture, 3D printing, etc., have understood it.

UNE, together with the European and international organisations, proactively identify new topics and sectors that can benefit from standardisation, contacting the leading stakeholders and coordinating their implementation, while being open to ideas and proposals from industry, services sector and research community to help with their needs.

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Map of Innovation Management
Proactive innovation management

Increasing competences and performance levels of companies and organisations is effectively encouraged by the use of innovation management standards like UNE 166000 and ISO 56000. They help in various areas: to raise awareness on and add value to innovative features of a company's activity that are sometimes not identified as such; to systematise activities improving their efficiency; to understand market needs as drivers for innovation; to increase and optimise collaboration in order to generate value; and to promote the protection and exploitation of their intangible assets. In short, they allow companies and organisations to boost their competitiveness and sustainability in the medium to long term.

CTN 166 catalogue