PRESS RELEASE - The new EU Standardisation Booster
Pisa, 12 April 2022 – The brand-new European Standardisation booster starts its 24-month journey this month. HSbooster.eu will provide expert services to Research and Innovation (R&I) projects to help them increase impact and exploitation of project results by contributing to the creation or revision of standards.
Standards are at the core of a resilient European single market enabling companies to demonstrate compliance with EU regulations, creating a level playing field for businesses and increasing consumer confidence. Transferring R&I results to a standards-setting organisation further extends exploitation by spurring innovation. This ensures the uptake and wider use of new technologies and inventions, guaranteeing interoperability and compatibility, providing quality and safety levels, and codifying knowledge in clear and specific ways.
Contributing to standards is often an objective of R&I projects. However, actually navigating the path to engage with standardisation working groups and technical committees can be complex and costly. This is where HSbooster.eu comes in. HSbooster.eu will provide consultancy services to guide and support beneficiaries and consortia of R&I projects to make sure they take the right strategic approach and contribute efficiently to the standardisation process.
Peter Droell, Director at the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Unit (RTD) comments, “The Standardisation Booster is a new service for EU research projects that want to ensure that their results create real impact by contributing to standards development. If you think your project, be it in the field related to Green Deal, medicines production, critical raw materials, climate resilience, transport, security or data spaces, could provide valuable input to standard development, the Booster will help you transform your results into marketable solutions.”
Built on an experienced consortium with expertise in the standardisation field and of delivering EC booster services, HSbooster.eu is already recruiting 250 Standardisation Experts from national, European and international Standardisation Organisations who will provide one-on-one guidance and support to projects.
Project coordinator Nicholas Ferguson from COMMpla explains, “HSbooster.eu will provide a tailormade online platform and resources for standardisation experts in Europe to advise 1,000 Horizon Europe and H2020 projects on how best their research results can lead to the revision or creation of standards. Our services and training modules will help projects assess the standardisation readiness of their results and match them up with experts in the field who can guide them on how these results can feed into standardisation working groups or technical committees.”
The project is backed by an authoritative Expert Advisory Group. It will tackle head-on the urgencies outlined in the EU Standardisation Strategy by running a series of open calls from June 2022. Projects will be able to apply for direct expert support which can valorise their project results and increase their impact.
With standardisation so embedded in the EU single market and an essential ingredient of industrial competitiveness, HSbooster.eu can support European standardisation experts and projects to play their part in meeting the objectives of the EU Standardisation Strategy1 to make the EU standardisation system more functional, agile and effective. The Standardisation Booster for fostering exploitation of EU-funded research results is an action supported by the European Research Area HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01 Call, managed by the European Research Executive Agency (REA).
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HSbooster.eu has received funding from the EU’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 101058391.
HSbooster.eu is provided by a lean Consortium of Partners with extensive experience in the Standardisation landscape. The project is coordinated by COMMpla Srl (IT) and supported by its affiliate entity Trust-IT. Together they have over 15 years experience of managing EC Booster services and standardisation projects such as StandICT.eu 2023. Dublin City University (IE) is an active player in the SDO arena and in educating future standards experts. Dansk Standard (DE), is the Danish standardisation organisation with a track record in increasing European impact on the international standards scene. The University of Belgrade (RS) delivers training packages to support standardisation efforts. Finally, SGS (ES) are the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company.
For more information on HSbooster visit www.hsbooster.eu or contact us at email@example.com.