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EU Platforms and initiatives

Zabala Innovation has developed its expertise in establishing and managing European Platforms of experts, starting with the management of the Smartgrids European Technology Platform back in 2008. Since then, Zabala Innovation has been involved in the coordination and support of key initiatives, such as:

  • European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for the Energy Transition (ETIP SNET)
  • H2020 BRIDGE Initiative
  • Batteries Europe
  • Hydropower Europe
  • EU-Latin America Mineral Development Network Platform (MDNP)
  • Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE)
  • European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
  • ETIP Wind
  • ETP Smartgrids

What role does Zabala Innovation play in its work with EU Platforms and initiatives?

Our roles and key commitment in such platforms and initiatives vary from:

  • Full coordination of the Initiatives and the daily activities of the platforms, including the management of several expert Working groups and Task Forces
  • Development of the governance structures and functioning rules (Terms of References)
  • Management of the boards and relations with the EC
  • Steering the development of RD&I Roadmaps, Strategic Agendas and Implementation Plans
    Communication, Dissemination and marketing plan development and execution
  • Organisation of expert workshops and large dissemination events
  • High-level political events organisation and management
  • Online knowledge platform development
  • Review of proposal concepts

12+

Years of experience in EU platforms coordination

10+

Projects and contracts with the EC

1000+

Stakeholders managed across all platforms

Advantages

  • 1. Team

    Team of experts located in Brussels

  • 2. Skills

    Proven methodologies and coordination skills

Alessandro Provaggi

“We support stakeholders and experts in different fields, helping them join these initiatives and define current and future RD&I needs; together, we'll be ready to rise to the challenge. Become an active part of this journey! ”

Alessandro Provaggi

Head of Brussels office

FAQ

  • Why does the EU support Technology and Innovation platforms, partnerships or similar RD&I initiatives?

    The EC supports organised processes that facilitate the gathering of RD&I expert views from strategic technology sectors; several types of initiatives exist, such as partnerships and platforms. They gather experts from across Europe and provide unbiased and balanced views on RD&I priorities in their sector, indicating where EU funding should be oriented.

  • Is participation in a platform or a partnership costly?

    It depends, if the platform management is managed through an EU-funded project or contract, you can usually become expert member for free, however, you will be expected to contribute with your expertise. If a platform has an independent functioning structure, you might have to apply for membership.

  • How can becoming involved in such initiatives be useful for my organisation?

    It will help you develop your network of contacts with peers active in RD&I; through your participation, you can also influence the drafting of future Horizon Europe work programmes, by prioritising better RD&I research and bringing your expertise to the table.

  • What support can ZABALA offer to its clients in this field?

    Thanks to our experience in establishing and managing several platforms and initiatives, ZABALA has gained experience and a robust reputation that is helpful in supporting clients’ access to these initiatives and playing an active role in shaping RD&I in various sectors.

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