Living Standards Award 2024

Call is open – submit your proposal now

The Living Standards Award celebrates its 10th anniversary. Become part of this community of excellence! The winners will be announced at the 4GAMECHANGERS festival in 2024.


Our Living Standards Award recognizes innovative solutions, ideas with export potential and technologies of the future that succeed based on standards. Therefore we are looking for enterprises, organizatons, research institutions and start-ups. Individuals may also take part, and you can nominate others.

A new category dedicated to Standards for Education
Launched specifically for teachers, educators, students, schools, universities, colleges and vocational training institutions

Highlight where standards play a key role for you. The call for the Living Standards Award 2024 is open until 31 December 2023.


Standards are solutions for current social and economic challenges.

Based on standards or the development of standards, have you...

  • developed products and/or services making life easier for your customers?
  • improved the quality of your products and/or services or implemented important interfaces?
  • made production or work processes safer and/or test or measurement methods more efficient?

Standards support access to new international markets.

  • Based on standards or the development of standards, have you...
  • successfully rolled out your products and/or services in a new market?
  • ensured compatibility in international markets?
  • improved co-operation with international suppliers on site?

Standards are drivers of innovation, e.g. in the field of energy, health and the environment.

Based on standards or the development of standards, have you...

  • successfully brought to market innovative products and/or services?
  • reduced development times and/or implemented research results faster?
  • improved research and/or innovation processes?

Standards spell out practical know-how and provide positive input in education and vocational training.

Have you used standards…

  • in your classes, courses or projects?
  • in your training program or vocational training offering, for example, in the form of certification?
  • in your personal training or professional education, for example in a diploma thesis?


The Living Standards Award has been presented since 2015. The award winners get increased visibility not merely during the award ceremony. A high-level jury made up of national and international experts reviews the proposals submitted. Extensive reporting in general-interest and specialized media is ensured.

Community of Excellence

More than 45 laureates already received the award.

Learn more about previous winners of the Living Standards Award.

Living Standards Award goes 4GAMECHANGERS-Festival

Award ceremony 2023 on the biggest stage for innovation in Austria

Here you can read the press release in German and see a few highlights

Living Standards Award 2024 will be presented in spring 2024.

What the winners of the Living Standards Awards say:

"The Living Standards Award is very important for us. We would not be able to position ourselves in the international market without standards. We are born global, and this is why we give top priority to standards."

Nils Berger, CEO, Viewpointsystem

"We are delighted about the Award. It highlights the importance of applied research and the impact it can have internationally. Our goal is to incorporate innovations in standardization."

Elisabeth Mertl, Senior Researcher, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology (OFI)

"It is a great honour for us to have received the Living Standards Award. Being a small and young enterprise, we have been given the opportunity to raise our visibility."

Michael Santek, CTO, BHS Technologies

Costs incurred due to the participation in the Living Standards Award and the award ceremony (e.g. travel and accommodation expenses) cannot be reimbursed by Austrian Standards. Recourse to the courts of law is not permitted.

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