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The performance of R&I ecosystem

A key factor The performance of research and innovation regional system is a key factor to be able to connect to the institutions and networks that dominate Framework Program scenes. The diagnosis highligted each ORs characteristics (such as their economic, social, political ones). Indeed, they influence the development, diffusion and use of innovation. Four steps […]

ORs connectivity to networks

ORs connectivity to networks

French GuianaGuadeloupeLa ReunionMartiniqueMayotte

 A global connectivity Canary Island have strong connectivity to the dominant networks and their regional stakeholders have capacity to integrate within the major “clubs” that dominate the Framework program scene (CNRS, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Max Planck Fraun hofer, University College of London, Fédération européenne des géologues). According to Cordis database compiling H2020 projects, among […]

Building our FutORs

Building our FutORs

ORs : toward a new economic model As a reminder, the elaboration of Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) occured after a crisis in 2007, that revealed the very vulnerability of the economy whose growth and sustainability mostly relies on massive and regular financial, material and energy flux. The 2007 crisis lead to the breakdown of this […]

Ors main strategic priorities (2)

Ors main strategic priorities

Agriculture, applied life sciences, biotechnology, and biosystems engineeringBiodiversity conservation & restorationClimate change and Energy transitionEarth, space & universe sciencesHealth, applied Medical Technologies, Diagnostics and TherapiesInformation & communications technologyMarine sciences & technologiesSocial sciences and social innovationTourism, eco-tourism, nature tourism, cultural tourism

AzoresCanary IslandsFrench GuianaGuadeloupeLa ReunionMadeiraMartiniqueMayotteSaint-Martin

Further to this diagnosis, research and innovation assets and priorities of each region have been evaluated. WP2 diagnosis mapped the field of common interests of RIS3 of the nine outermost regions. ORs Main Strategic Priorities

The Joint strategy a common vision

The Joint strategy : a common vision

A living document based on Forward WPs The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT – Azores, Portugal) is responsible for the task “Co-creation of the Joint Strategy for OR’s R&I ecosystem performance. Indeed, this task is part of the Work Package 2 (WP2), dedicated to the “Diagnostic of OR’s R&I ecosystem”, led by NEXA […]


Ors Synergies, integration, participation

ORs synergies The identification of R&I synergies between OR’s is the first step to identify a common vision under Forward. These synergies will be capitalized by : – networks and partnerships based on sharing principles, which will allow to increase resources, human, financial and material as open access to equipment, infrastructures and investment. – Increase […]



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 […]


Forward Project : How Does It Work ?

The overall objective of this project is to improve the OR excellence in research and innovation, but also to strengthen their participation in EU research and innovation funded projects, and link research activities with territorial development. FORWARD is organized in three logical phases: Regional diagnosis, comparative analysis and definition of local and joint strategies Capacity […]