The WP leader presented WP6’s objectives and the ongoing activities.
Two tasks T6.2 and T6.4 are ongoing, and the main outcome is that over 50 policy making events were executed while 21 were planned initially in the GA.

There were also several achievements in WP6 such as:

● Participation in EC consultation «Horizon Europe Strategic Planning – Revised Orientations towards the first strategic plan» (Nov 2019).
● Participation in EC consultation «Public Consultation for a new Outermost Regions Communication 2022» (Nov 2021).
● EC COM (2022) 198 took into account our recommendations in EC consultations on ORs – commitment from EC in implementing solutions addressing identified gaps.

As a reminder WP5 involves networking and mobilities activities. The objective is to strengthen the collaboration between ORs and other research and innovation organizations in EU and Third countries, based on the results of the analysis carried out in WP2 and the thematic action plans of WP3.

The main results are :
-43 networking and brokerage activities performed (25 planned in the GA)
-37 short term mobilities performed

This is one of the WP that has been the most impacted to COVID.
There are last events organized by partners as the health situation is improved. Our partner University of the Azores implemented two networking events on the 23rd and 24th of June : Transversality in Science and Matching Researchers/Companies, respectively.

The Region of Guadeloupe and Synergîles, organized an online networking event entitled “Development of research and innovation in Guadeloupe : collaborations and solutions” on tuesday, June 28th, 2022.
Several aspects have been addressed such as : the European strategy for the outermost regions ; the strengthening of the participation of these regions in the new Horizon Europe program, ; the implementation of structural funds in support of the smart specialization strategy (RIS3) and the establishment of regional strategies to better exploit the potential of our regions in terms of R&I.


This WP’s goal is to reinforce R&I capabilities through capacity/training actions. These capacity building actions will support OR’s R&I actors participation in framework programs.

Here are the conclusions:
-Over 40 trainings/workshops on project management and development
-Over 15 workshops on proposal co-creation and project implementation
-Over 65 on scientific excellence in research
-Over 20 on entrepreneurship &innovation
-Mobilizing over 2100 participants

The Regional Science and Technology Fund (FRCT), held on May 17th, in physical format and Portuguese only, a training and capacity building action on “how to develop Research & Innovation proposals with impact”.

This training aims to empower the actors of the regional research and innovation ecosystem of the Azores.

Our partner Synergîles has implemented a set of 5 trainings on Horizon Europe and the last sessions took place on June 15th. It stressed on building and maintaining your network, and the TWG’s sub-coordinators also shared their experiences.


The 9 sub coordinators took part, for most of them physically, in this final FORWARD conference; they gathered to share feedbacks and experiences on the work carried out these last 3 years and a half.

They explained that the challenges and deviations were various from a group to another.
Sometimes the availability of the experts, who worked voluntarily, was challenging, and the need of more human resources to animate the larger groups were pointed out.

As a reminder, the activities of this WP started with the identification of the R&I thematic for the thematic working groups (TWG). The final 8 topics chosen were:

TWG1 Health, applied Medical Technologies, Diagnostics and Therapies.
TWG2 Social sciences and social innovation.
TWG3 Earth system, space & universe sciences.
TWG4 Information and Communications Technology.
TWG5 Climate change and Energy transition.
TWG6 Agriculture, applied life sciences, biotechnology, and bio-systems engineering.
TWG7 Biodiversity conservation and restoration.
TWG8 Marine sciences & technologies.

The second step was to define the structure then select the management team (with a sub coordinator; a deputy; and a facilitator from the FORWARD team).

The third step was to build 9 thematic action plans in order to improve ORs’ excellence in R&D.

Finally, the main outcomes are:
-3 submitted proposals (TWG1 and TWG8)
-Participation in HE brokerage events
-250 members registered

In the frame of the FORWARD project and as part of the activities described in the TWG8 Action Plan, ULPGC organized the 3rd and final edition of the TWG 8 projects presentation that took place on 15th June at 14:00 (Brussels time).

As a reminder, the idea of this event was to show to the TWG8 members the ongoing successful projects at Madeira, Canary Islands, French West Indies in fields of marine scinces research activities, capabilities, technology developed, potentialities,


The WP leader developed a video detailing the keys findings of the regional diagnosis which strongly mobilized the local communities with 186 interviews carried out, 258 respondents to a common survey and 155 participants to regional workshops.

This short video explains the methodology to visualize outermost regions participation to Horizon 2020 program.

It showcases main functions of the dashboard :

–          Compare French, Portuguese and Spanish outermost regions

–          The most dynamic organizations

–          Graphics relative to collaborations between several partners of outermost regions