We are experts in European Projects and we work with diverse EU funding programmes. We identify the scope, based on our clients’ ideas, we write and develop complete proposals, including the administrative, technical and financial aspects.
Zabala Innovation is the perfect partner for proposal writing and project management
At Zabala Innovation, we play a leading role in expert positioning for European funding. We offer proposal writing and project management services for European projects belonging, among others, in the following programmes:
- Horizon Europe, the new EU framework programme for the period 2021-2027
- LIFE, the financial instrument dedicated to the environment
- Innovation Fund, great opportunity for energy and industrial sectors.
- REPowerEU, to achieve a resilient energy system independent of external suppliers.
- Digital Europe, focused on artificial intelligence, infrastructures, data spaces, quantum communication and empowerment of citizens.
- CEF Transport, increase the sustainability of the overall transport network, putting the UE on track to meet the Green Deal.
- ERASMUS +, the EU programme that support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.
We provide our clients advice for European projects. We identify the scope, based on our clients’ ideas, we write and develop complete proposals, including the administrative, technical and commercial documents, the dissemination and communication of results, and the social assessment/impact, as well as the legal and financial aspects.
Once a proposal submitted to a European call for proposals has been approved, we take care of the administrative, financial and legal management of the European project, as well as the dissemination, communication and engagement strategies. We assist our clients in the search for partners, we prepare the grant agreement process and in the development of the project, we coordinate the work and communication among partners, toward stakeholders and society.
When a proposal is successful in its corresponding call, we follow the project throughout its duration, we monitor its technical and financial progress through technical reports sent to the relevant public administration. We liaise with the European Commission and attend consortium meetings, providing templates and guidelines to streamline internal procedures.
In addition, as part of our advisory function for European projects, we have the expertise to execute the dissemination of R&I results, and support the transfer of technology and the methods of exploiting R&I results with partners, as well as develop social innovation tasks. We also manage the exploitation phase of the results and develop the strategy for using them for commercial purposes or for public policy development.
Return to customers (M€)
European Programmes (2021-2022)
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Proposal submitted in 2021
Frequently asked questions
A European project is an initiative that is developed and financed with resources from the European Union (EU) or its programmes and funds. These projects are carried out to address common challenges, promote transnational cooperation, and achieve specific objectives set by the EU.
A European project may involve different actors, such as companies, universities, research centres, non-profit organisations, and public bodies, both at national and transnational levels. These projects are usually multidisciplinary and can cover various thematic areas, such as research and technological development, innovation, sustainability, education, culture, and regional development, among others.
EU funding is available to companies of all sizes and sectors. For example, the following profiles are eligible to apply:
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): SMEs are one of the main targets of EU funding programmes. Different programmes and calls specifically designed to support innovation in SMEs, foster their growth, and improve their competitiveness are offered.
- Large companies: There are also opportunities for large companies, especially in strategic areas and international collaboration projects.
- Startups: Startups with innovative ideas and growth potential are often eligible for European funds. There are specific programmes that support the development of startups in different sectors, such as technology, clean energy, and health, among others.
- Universities, technology centres, and others: Universities and technology centres are also eligible for European funds to finance their research, development, and innovation projects. The European Union recognises the importance of collaboration between academia, research centres, and industry in driving innovation and technological progress.
Generally, European grants are channelled through collaborative European projects that last between 2 and 4 years, although they can be as long as 5 years:
- Preliminary phase: analysis of the project idea and assessment of its European dimension (identifying the programme and the call in which to present it).
- Creation of the consortium (including the search for partners).
- Technical preparation of the project.
- Presentation of the proposal.
- Evaluation of the European project proposals by the authorities and their approval.
- Project implementation: project management and justification.
The concept of innovation in the context of European calls refers to the search for and implementation of new, creative and improved solutions to address challenges and problems in various fields. European calls, especially those related to research, development and cooperation between EU member countries, often promote innovation as a central part of their objectives.
Innovation can take various forms, including:
- Technological innovation: Introducing new technologies, products or processes that improve efficiency, quality or functionality in different sectors.
- Social innovation: Developing new ways of addressing social problems, such as inclusion, equity and sustainability, through creative and collaborative approaches.
- Product and service innovation: Creating and improving existing products and services or developing entirely new solutions that meet market needs in innovative ways.
- Process innovation: Optimising and redefining internal or external processes to achieve greater efficiency, cost reduction or quality improvements.
- Business model innovation: Introducing new approaches to the way you generate revenue, deliver products or interact with customers.
- Research innovation: Developing new methodologies, approaches or fields of study that advance scientific understanding and knowledge.
“European funds represent a unique opportunity for companies to transform themselves. European support will come through programmes and calls aimed at boosting key sectors”
Head of European Projects / Executive Commitee