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EU Platforms and initiatives

ZABALA has developed a strong 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 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 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 platform, 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


years of specific experience in EU platforms coordination


projects and contracts with the EC


stakeholders managed across all platforms


  • 1. Team

    Team of experts located in Brussels

  • 2. Skills

    Proven processes and coordination skills

Marie Latour

“Nowadays, it's essential to identify and properly use the right tools to become an active player in the RD&I field. To achieve this, and to shape the next RD&I priorities and Strategic Agendas, setting up, managing and participating in European platforms and related initiatives are key. We support stakeholders and experts in different fields to be part of these initiatives and define current and future RD&I needs, and we'll be ready to rise to the challenge together. Become an active part in this journey! ”

Marie Latour

Director of Brussels office


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

    The EC is seeking to have organised processes to facilitate the gathering of RD&I experts view from strategic technology areas, several types of initiative exist such as partnerships and platforms. These gather experts from across Europe which role is to provide unbiased and balance views on RD&I priorities in their sector and where EU funding budget should be oriented towards.

  • Is the participation to a platform or 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, you will be expected to contribute with your expertise. If a platform has an independent functioning structure you might have to apply for membership.

  • Why getting involved in such initiative can be useful for my organisation?

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

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

    Thanks to its experience in setting up and managing several platforms and initiatives, ZABALA built a very strong experience and robust reputation that can be surely helpful in supporting its clients to access to these initiatives and being active part of RD&I’s shaping in several sectors.


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