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Proposal and Project Management

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
  • FEDER funds aim to strengthen socio-economic cohesion within the European Union by correcting imbalances among its regions
  • COSME, the EU programme for the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs
  • ERASMUS +, the EU programme that support education, training, youth and sport in Europe
  • Connecting Europe Facility, the EU fund for pan-European investments in transport, energy and digital projects
  • Calls from the European Investment Bank (EIB)

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.

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Return to customers in 2021


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Proposal submitted in 2021



Return to customers in 2021


Success rate


Proposal submitted in 2021

Camino Correia

“EU funds represent a unique opportunity for companies of all sizes to transform and grow. Horizon Europe and Next Generation EU are programmes that are vital for the EU's recovery.”

Camino Correia

Head of European Projects / Executive Commitee


  • What is a European project?

    It is an instrument with which the European Commission develops and advances its policies and achieves the objective of the Common European Research Area.

    View our projects here.

  • Can I present a European project by myself?

    European programmes are collaborative (with a few exceptions, such as the EIC Accelerator). This is why the search for partners to create European project consortia is very important. The composition of a consortium varies according to the programme: some, like Horizon Europe, favour collaboration between public or private entities and companies; others, like LIFE, are aimed at all types of companies and some, like COSME, support intermediary entities that provide support to small businesses (SMEs).

  • How long does a European project last?

    In general, European collaborative projects last between 2 and 4 years, although they can last up to 5 years. During this period, the main phases that can be identified in the process are as follows – Preliminary phase: analysis of the project idea and evaluation of its European dimension; identification of the programme and the call for proposals. – The creation of the consortium includes the search for partners for the European project. – Project concept elaboration. – Proposal writing – Evaluation of European project proposals by the authorities and their approval. – Project implementation: project management and reporting.

  • To what does the concept of "innovation," included in the European calls for proposals, refer?

    Contrary to what is often thought, innovation is not necessarily technological. It can refer to innovation in products and services, in processes, in the marketing of a product, or in an organisation, etc.

  • How do I find a funding programme for my proposal or identify a project to participate in as a partner?

    ZABALA Innovation is an expert in European projects, with a success rate of 37% in European programmes and a return of more than €690 million for our clients in H2020. During the last framework programme, we led more than 500 European projects and studies in different sectors such as smart cities, energy and environment, ICT, biotechnology and open innovation. If you have an innovative idea, let us know and we will help you identify the most relevant R&I project and funding programme, and we will support you in your research or consortium formation.

It's not about the sector, it's the about project

The important thing is not to keep moving, but rather to know in which direction to go. Our 37% success rate proves that we know how to guide our clients.

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Our projects

We lead leading European projects and studies in different sectors, such as smart cities, energy and environment, ICT, biotechnology and open innovation. Our goal is to innovate and to create new paths within the European innovation ecosystem.

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