MIL-OSI Translation: BMWi is expanding funding for SMEs to participate in standardization


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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy The BMWi is expanding its financial support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in national and international standardization: The technology funding program WIPANO (knowledge and technology transfer through patents and standards) is being replaced by personnel costs for employees expanded in national and international standardization bodies. Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy: “Those who set the standard have the best prospects of asserting themselves on the market. We have to use this mechanism so that Germany is at the forefront of future technologies internationally. That is why we will support medium-sized companies even more financially in the future so that their specialists can actively contribute to standards committees. Companies can use them to accelerate and support the market entry of new technologies and the market penetration of innovative products. As a whole, Germany as a business location benefits from broader participation by SMEs in standardization processes and the preparation of research results for standardization. The BMWi therefore supports companies in national and international standardization bodies (e.g. DIN, DKE, CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, ISO and ITU) to cooperate. The “Company Standardization” funding priority is intended to encourage SMEs in particular to actively contribute their know-how and experience to norms and standardization committees and thus to set standards themselves. In addition to travel expenses, the companies will in future receive a flat-rate personnel cost allowance. The flat-rate personnel cost is € 1,000 each when participating in • national committee meetings € 1,500 each, • international committee meetings € 2,000 each. The funding is aimed at SMEs and medium-sized companies that still have never, or not within the last three years, participated in standardization committees of recognized technical regulators. The funding is an implementation of the 2030 Industrial Strategy. With WIPANO – Knowledge and Technology Transfer through Patents and Standards, the BMWi has been promoting technology and knowledge transfer through patents, standardization and standardization for the commercial exploitation of innovative ideas from universities and companies with around 22 million euros annually since 2016 .


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