• FORWARD

    Mobilising Research Excellence in EU Outermost Regions

  • OUTERMOST REGIONS

    Providing European presence in strategic areas of the world

    European union has 9 outermost regions

    • Azores (PT)
    • Canary Islands (ES)
    • Guadeloupe (FR)
    • French Guiana (FR)
    • Madeira (PT)
    • Martinique (FR)
    • Mayotte (FR)
    • Saint Martin (FR)
    • Réunion (FR)

     

    Integral part of the Union, the Outermost Regions have unique potential and assets which can benefit the Union. They provide a European presence in strategic areas of the world, and have exceptional geographical and geological characteristics which make them useful laboratories for research and innovation in scientific domains relevant of the future such as biodiversity, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, pharmacology, renewable energies, and the space sciences.

  • FORWARD OBJECTIVES

    FORWARD is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme

    Grant agreement ID: 824550

    Boosting Research Excellence & Innovation Capacity in Outermost Regions

    Overall objectives :

    1. Improve ORs' excellence in research and their innovation potential to
    2. Improve their participation in EU research and innovation funded projects
    3. Link research activities with territorial development

    Specific objectives:

    • To map outermost regions’ ecosystems in research and innovation to underline strengths, weaknesses and potentials for growth for each OR;
    • To identify actual and future fields of excellence and competitive advantages of the different regions and define emerging specialization areas for each OR and define ORs’ friendly topics in the future Framework Programmes;
    • To characterize and objective barriers to ORs participation in H2020;
    • To accompany the transformation and capacity building of each OR research and innovation ecosystem to better exploit these potentials, by improving their excellence and the mobilization of multiple kind of stakeholders (research organization, companies, public authorities and civil society organizations) through a quadruple helix approach;
    • To support the formulation of participatory and research-based action plans with long-term perspective;
    • To increase the regional, national, European and worldwide visibility and recognition of outermost regions research capacities and activities in their fields of specialization;
    • To encourage the constitution of critical research mass in ORs through networking, exchanges and consortia with regional, national, European and global research centers;
    • To design and experiment effective tools to overcome existing barriers and support the implication of ORs in Horizon 2020 and future framework;
    • To foster socio-economic development of the European ORs through the quadruple helix approach;
    • To foster ORs geographical integration within the European Union and towards Third Countries.
  • WORKPLAN

    FORWARD is organized in three logical phases and is composed of eight workpackages :

    Three phases :

    • Regional diagnosis, comparative analysis and definition of local and joint strategies
    • Building of capacities through thematic working groups, training, networking, consortium building
    • Strengthening of the connection between research and policy making and ensuring sustainability and impacts of project results on a long term
  • CONSORTIUM

    Here's our troop of adventurers!

    ACIISII GOBCAN

    Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información – Gobierno de Canarias

    Coordinator

    FRCT

    Fundo regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    ARDITI

    Agencia Regional para o desenvolvimiento da investigacao tecnologia e inovacao- Associacao

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    NEXA

    Agence Regionale de developpement d'investissement et d'innovation

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CTM

    Collectivité Territoriale de la Martinique

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CTG

    Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    REG GUA

    Conseil régional de la Guadeloupe

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    COMSM

    Collectivité d'Outre-mer de Saint-Martin

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CDM

    Department of Mayotte

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    ULL

    Universidad de La Laguna

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    ULPGC

    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    PLOCAN

    Consorcio para el diseño, construcción, equipamiento y explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    ITC

    Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    IAC

    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    UAc

    Universidade dos Acores

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CCIA

    Câmara do Comércio e indústria dos Açores

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    UMa

    Universidade da Madeira

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    UR

    Université de La Réunion

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    UA

    Université des Antilles

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    UG

    Université de Guyane

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    GDI

    Guyane Développement Innovation

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    Synergîle

    Synergîle

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CCISM

    Chambre Consulaire Interprofessionnelle de Saint Martin

    A sentence or two describing this item.

    CE

    Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation

    A sentence or two describing this item.

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  • Deliverables & documents

    You will find here intermediary and final deliverables as well as relevant documents. Official deliverables (i.e. accepted by European Commission) will be tagged as "official".

    Management & coordination

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D1.1 Management and coordination plan
    • D1.2 Data Management Plan
    • D1.3 Monitoring Plan

    Regional R&I diagnosis and joint strategy

    Update : 2019/05/21

    Final deliverables :

    • D2.1 Report of the mutual learning event
    • D.2.2 Nine regional diagnostics and joint strategy for OR R&I ecosystem performance

    Intermediary deliverables :

    Thematic actions plan

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D3.1
    • D3.2
    • D3.3

    Capacity building and training

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D4.1
    • D4.2
    • D4.3