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Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) FORWARD is a European project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (2019-2021), boosting Research Excellence & Innovation Capacity in Outermost Regions. The project overall objectives are: Improve ORs’ excellence in research and their innovation potential. Improve their participation in EU research and innovation funded projects. Link research […]

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 innovation

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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 phases: 1. Regional diagnosis, comparative analysis and definition of local and joint strategies 2. […]


First meeting with the members of the Forward Advisory board (AB)

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The first online meeting with the AB took place on october 22. The overall objective was to present the progress of Forward project. What is the role of the AB ? The AB has to : Give critical reviews on the outcomes and impacts of the project Provide advices and recommendations on the activities carried out Disseminate […]


Synergies between Outermost Regions for trainings

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During the last WP4* Technical meeting of 15th october 2020, each Outermost Region presented their needs regarding trainings to increase their capacities to answer to European Framework Programs  / H2020 calls Led by Azores, the WP4 leader will support each OR in the implementation of their action plan. After identifying their needs in trainings, the […]