Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
In this third newsletter, we will take a closer look at the Forward program with the implementation of the Thematic working groups actions to improve the participation of the Outermost Regions in Horizon Europe calls for projects.
Forward has so far enabled some collaborative tools in each work package such as strategic documents (joint strategy for ORs, capacitation action plans, RIS3 methodology guide, online networking events (conferences, workshops).
The WP3 Thematic Working Groups, the heart of Forward are aligned with the pillar 2 of Horizon Europe program as well as the common Smart Specialization
Moreover, each TWGs is managed by a sub-coordinator, a Scientific expert based in a research organization in an OR. Each member communicates and shares their work, website, network in order to build future consortia.
Thematic Working Group facilitators provide support in terms of technical proposals, similar European projects granted, budget advices.
In other work packages such as WP4, Forward partners in their Region implemented referred capacitation activities based on the activities foreseen in a work document send by Work Package leader 4 (FRCT).
FRCT, planned some actions on short and medium term such as the organization of punctual meetings as well as one-to-one meetings when required, with the WP4 Regional coordinators.
The WPL 4 will work in coordination with the TWG coordinators in order to follow up the progress of the Forward project training actions.
Regarding the networking activities, WP5 and WP6 were impacted the most by the health crisis and travel restrictions.
Nevertherless, the situation is starting to be better for example, CDM sent a searcher in Short Term Mobilities (5 days in Berlin at the end of october).
● Forward partners adapted and organized online events.
● A General Assembly within Work Package 1, has been organized on march 10th for official validation of the project extension and review some changes needed in the Grant Agreement. A Steering Committee Meeting is being organized every month, to monitor the project’s implementation and results, take decisions on relevant aspects and tackle any potential challenges.
The Forward project is now extended until June 2022.