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Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions

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Learn more about the Horizon 2020 Project FORWARD : “ Fostering research excellence in EU Outermost Regions”.

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The Forward Project

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
  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:

  • 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

FORWARD  is composed of eight workpackages:

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”.

WP 1

Management & coordination

Final deliverables :

WP 3

Thematic actions plan

Final deliverables :

  • D3.1 Thematic working groups and thematic action plans methodology
  • D3.2 Thematic action plans
  • D3.3 Sustainability solutions for thematic working groups

WP 4

Capacity building and training

Final deliverables :

  • D4.1 Capacity building plan
  • D4.2 Common training programme for OR’s R&I actors
  • D4.3 Common training programme for OR’s R&I officers
  • D4.4 OR R&I Offices Operational and Sustainability Strategic for implementation

WP5

Networking activities

Final deliverables

  • D5.1 Report of networking and brokerage events
  • D5.2  Report of the exchange of personnel
  • D5.3 Report of the R&I outcomes

 

WP6

Connecting research and policy making: next generation policy tools

Final deliverables

  • D6.1  Recommendations for future RIS3 strategies
  • D6.2 Guidelines and recommendations for future EU policies on ORs
  • D6.3 Sustainability Plan
  • D6.4 Report on events for policy-making

WP7

Monitoring, evaluation and performance

Final deliverables

  • D7.1 Common monitoring and evaluation system and database of monitoring indicators
  • D7.2 Implementation monitoring, evaluation and performance reports

WP8

Dissemination and communication

Final deliverables

  • D8.1 Visual identity and promotional material
  • D8.2 Project website and online platform
  • D8.3 Videos
  • D8.4 Brand for OR research
  • D8.5 Three conferences Reports

Consortium and Advisory Board Members

Here’s our 24 partners of the consortium :

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ACIISII GOBCAN

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

ACIISII GOBCAN is the regional agency in charge of the support of the research in the archipelago of Canary

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FRCT

Fundo regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia

FRCT is a public entity of the Azores Government with the mission to fund and promote R&D+I in Azores Region and to contribute to the internationalization of its Science and Technology System

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Arditi

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

ARDITI is the Agency for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, whose mission is to promote and support Research, Technological Development and Innovation

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NEXA

Agence Regionale de developpement d'investissement et d'innovation

NEXA is the Regional Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation. Its mission is to promotes and supports the island transition toward an ecological, competitive and open economy, notably through innovation. Nexa is in charge of the design and implementation of economic development and research-innovation policies (RIS3) as well as circular economy scheme.

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CTM

Collectivité Territoriale de la Martinique

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CTG

Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane

The regional government – Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane – has direct competences in key areas in the region, such as spatial planning, transport, economic development, professional training, research innovation, youth sport recreation, culture, environment, society and health.

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REG GUA

Conseil régional de la Guadeloupe

The Regional council of Guadeloupe manage the design and implementation of smart specialisation strategy. In this spirit, it promotes the setup of the network of OR on S3. Regional council of Guadeloupe is in charge of the Research and Innovation local policy and its implementation.

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COMSM

Collectivité d'Outre-mer de Saint-Martin

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CDM

Department of Mayotte

The regional authority of Mayotte is the main player in the territorial development, its role is to stimulate economic growth by supporting business in different sectors, improve the attractiveness of the territory and firms’ competitiveness.

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ULL

Universidad de La Laguna

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ULPGC

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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PLOCAN

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

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ITC

Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

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IAC

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

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UAc

Universidade dos Acores

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CCIA

Câmara do Comércio e indústria dos Açores

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UMa

Universidade da Madeira

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UR

Université de La Réunion

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UA

Université des Antilles

University of Antilles is also partner in the FORWARD project, being located in the two territories of the French West Indies, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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UG

Université de Guyane

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GDI

Guyane Développement Innovation

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Synergîle

A cluster of 55 members, Synergile is dedicated to renewable energies, energy management and materials and constructions whose mission is to promote cooperation between business and research, boost future technologies, and support basic and applied research

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CCISM

Chambre Consulaire Interprofessionnelle de Saint Martin

CCI Sant-Martin is an institution that combines the responsibilities of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Trades and Crafts and Chamber of Agriculture

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CE

Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation

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