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Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions

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Discover research and innovation in Outermost regions: Assets and challenges; Research and innovation communities; projects and research initiatives; infrastructures, events and news


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About Forward

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


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We are particularly glad to present you the first Newsletter of the FORWARD consortium.
The FORWARD project – Fostering research excellence in EU Outermost Regions” is the result of the call “Mobilizing Research Excellence in EU outermost regions (OR)”, a coordination and support action (CSA) financed by the framework program Horizon 2020.

The FORWARD H2020 project involves 24 partners from the nine European Outermost Regions (ORs): Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Saint-Martin, Réunion, Mayotte, the Canary Islands, the Azores and Madeira. The project addresses the issue of research and innovation in the ORs and the role they can play as living labs for experimenting with innovative solutions, taking advantage of their potential.

FORWARD is a 3 years project that has been awarded with 4.2 million euros in order to increase the participation of the ORs in the EU research program, on the one hand, and the visibility of their research and innovation capacities, on the other.

FORWARD is the opportunity to map the capabilities of the ORs in their fields of research experience and, on this basis, identify potential European and international partners who can further strengthen their capacity. The project will also help to design the future EU research framework programme, helping ORs to reinforce their effective participation in it.

In this first newsletter, you will find details on Forward workpackages (WP), and mainly WP2 with results of outermost regions research and innovation diagnosis, ORs joint strategy and news about our presence on web and social media.