Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
With this second 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 so far enabled to have 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).
WP3 Thematic Working Groups, the heart of Forward are aligned with pillar 2 of Horizon Europe program as well as the the common Smart Specialization Strategies from ORs.They form the basis of Forward in order to increase ORs capacitation. All Kick-off-Meeting of TWG3 launched during 2020 and at the beginning of 2021, actually gather experts from ORs, Europe to discuss and share common OR issues.
Moreover, each TWGs is managed by a sub-coordinator, a Scientific expert based in an 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 well 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 capacitation actions.
Regarding networking, WP5 and WP6 were impacted the most by the health crisis due to travel restrictions.