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News about research and innovation in Outermost Regions

04/12/20 • 04/12/20

The Canary Islands Government invites R&D&I centres, universities, companies and civil society to the Canarias en el Horizonte meeting

Canary Islands

The Regional Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, managed by Elena Máñez, has convened, through the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI), agents from the quadruple helix (R&D&I centres, universities, companies, public administrations and civil society), on December 4th at the Fuerteventura Technology Park, to hold a new edition of […]


Next Horizon Europe Programme and Thematic groups in the Forward project

AzoresCanary IslandsFrench GuianaGuadeloupeLa ReunionMadeiraMartiniqueMayotteSaint-Martin

Webinar “The Perspectives of the Horizon Europe Programme (2021-2027) and its relation with the Thematic Groups in the FORWARD project” The event organized by ARDITI and UMa, in the scope of the FORWARD project (Fostering Research Excellence in EU Outermost Regions –, addressed topics related to the new European funding framework program. The Regional Agency […]


FORWARD project : Why another diagnosis ?

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Though the participation of lagging behind regions in the framework programmes for R&I has been analyzed in depth, Outermost regions remain a blind spot in the growing litterature. Collective representations, reflected in the article 349 of the treaty on European Union, point out the inherent, structural characteristics of these territories, that would inhibit the participation […]


Forward WP2 diagnosis : What are the main outcomes ?

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Through WP2 activities, each outermost region performed a 360° diagnosis to understand and improve their participation in frameworks programmes and also increase their research and innovation capacities, through a regional action plan and also a joint strategy. At the very begining of the Forward project, the consortium co-designed with the help of Nexa an original […]


Outermost Regions’ Research and Innovation Connectivity

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If some ORs stakeholders are connected to major players that dominate the European Research Area l, Outermost regions (ORs) s display a heterogenous state of connectivity. Connectivity to major networks is critical for any ecosystem willing to be part of the European Research and Innovation Area. Indeed, scientific litterature has shown the critical importance of […]


Research and Innovation performance in ORs

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For the first time, thanks to the Forward project, Outermost Regions (ORs)s enjoy factual information to support the public actions to improve their participation in the European Research and Innovation Area through two open-data dashboards. While a large number of discourses point out the weak participation of ORs in framework programmes projects and inherent structural […]



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. […]

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 […]