Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions
Methodology : how was it thought ?
Within Forward project, each outermost region is in charge of a WorkPackage (WP). La Reunion was in charge of the conception of the WP2 diagnosis, which included methodology, guidelines and excel tools. It is a scientific method based on a review of the scientific literature on Framework participation, research and innovation ecosystem, public policies. Moreover, the skeleton has been built on four criteria to analyze:
1 – Outermost regions (ORs) connection to major networks;
2 – Research and Innovation system and performance;
3 – Regional organization characteristics;
4 – Individual profile and singularity.
A quantitative and qualitative approach
Data analysis have been combined with local stakeholders through interviews, surveys, workshops and their mental representations. Indeed, they play a major role in the development of Regional Innovation systems.
Each OR has been invited to scrutinize:
Their global connectivity which means:
– The relative position of Regional stakeholders inside each research and innovation network global
– The actual capacity of regional stakeholders to integrate the major clubs that dominate the Framework Program scene
– The global position of the region
The thematic connectivity
All ORs had to see if they belong to the top 10, 15 or 20 participating institutions which present the higher number of H2020 participants. An analyzis of OR’s partners in the scientific domains has been led.
Third countries participation
An analysis of ORs participation with third countries has also been led, via Interreg programs (Mac, Carribean, Indian Ocean). Each OR established a list of strong research and innovation content projects implemented in the Interreg Program in order to:
-determine field of cooperation;
-identify potential partners.