Fostering research excellence
in EU Outermost Regions

Welcome on the Outermost Regions Research and Innovation Platform

Discover research and innovation in Outermost regions: Assets and challenges; Research and innovation communities; projects and research initiatives; infrastructures, events and news


Would you like a tour of the platform? (1minute)


Search by keywords

Regional and thematic filters

Select a Region or a R&I thematic to access information

Search on the map

Visualise on a map OR partners and their research and innovation projects.


Discover the assets and Research and Innovation capacities of the Outermost regions.


Learn about research and innovation challenges, assets and expertise in outermost regions.

R&I Communities

Learn about the OR’s research community expertise, detect collaboration opportunities and get easily in touch with research groups and other R&I partners.


Discover OR flagship projects.


Access documents, videos and media coverage related to OR Research & Innovation.


Stay connected to Outermost Regions by following our News page, social media.

About Forward

Learn more about the Horizon 2020 Project FORWARD : “ Fostering research excellence in EU Outermost Regions”.


Contact our dedicated team for more information regarding R&I in Outermost Regions and sign up to our newsletter.

WP2 ; Main outcomes R&I diagnosis

La Reunion

 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.