Mobilising Research Excellence in EU Outermost Regions


    Providing European presence in strategic areas of the world

    European union has 9 outermost regions

    • Azores (PT)
    • Canary Islands (ES)
    • Guadeloupe (FR)
    • French Guiana (FR)
    • Madeira (PT)
    • Martinique (FR)
    • Mayotte (FR)
    • Saint Martin (FR)
    • Réunion (FR)


    Integral part of the Union, the Outermost Regions have unique potential and assets which can benefit the Union. They provide a European presence in strategic areas of the world, and have exceptional geographical and geological characteristics which make them useful laboratories for research and innovation in scientific domains relevant of the future such as biodiversity, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, pharmacology, renewable energies, and the space sciences.


    FORWARD is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme

    Grant agreement ID: 824550

    Boosting Research Excellence & Innovation Capacity in Outermost Regions

    Overall objectives :

    1. Improve ORs' excellence in research and their innovation potential to
    2. Improve their participation in EU research and innovation funded projects
    3. Link research activities with territorial development

    Specific objectives:

    • To map outermost regions’ ecosystems in research and innovation to underline strengths, weaknesses and potentials for growth for each OR;
    • To identify actual and future fields of excellence and competitive advantages of the different regions and define emerging specialization areas for each OR and define ORs’ friendly topics in the future Framework Programmes;
    • To characterize and objective barriers to ORs participation in H2020;
    • To accompany the transformation and capacity building of each OR research and innovation ecosystem to better exploit these potentials, by improving their excellence and the mobilization of multiple kind of stakeholders (research organization, companies, public authorities and civil society organizations) through a quadruple helix approach;
    • To support the formulation of participatory and research-based action plans with long-term perspective;
    • To increase the regional, national, European and worldwide visibility and recognition of outermost regions research capacities and activities in their fields of specialization;
    • To encourage the constitution of critical research mass in ORs through networking, exchanges and consortia with regional, national, European and global research centers;
    • To design and experiment effective tools to overcome existing barriers and support the implication of ORs in Horizon 2020 and future framework;
    • To foster socio-economic development of the European ORs through the quadruple helix approach;
    • To foster ORs geographical integration within the European Union and towards Third Countries.

    FORWARD is organized in three logical phases and is composed of eight workpackages :

    Three phases :

    • Regional diagnosis, comparative analysis and definition of local and joint strategies
    • Building of capacities through thematic working groups, training, networking, consortium building
    • Strengthening of the connection between research and policy making and ensuring sustainability and impacts of project results on a long term

    Here's our troop of adventurers!


    Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información – Gobierno de Canarias

    ACIISII GOBCAN is the regional agency in charge of the support of the research in the archipelago of Canary


    Fundo regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia

    FRCT is a public entity of the Azores Government with the mission to fund and promote R&D+I in Azores Region and to contribute to the internationalization of its Science and Technology System


    Agencia Regional para o desenvolvimiento da investigacao tecnologia e inovacao- Associacao

    ARDITI is the Agency for Research, Technological Development and Innovation of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, whose mission is to promote and support Research, Technological Development and Innovation


    Agence Regionale de developpement d'investissement et d'innovation

    NEXA is the Regional Agency for Development, Investment and Innovation. Its mission is to promotes and supports the island transition toward an ecological, competitive and open economy, notably through innovation. Nexa is in charge of the design and implementation of economic development and research-innovation policies (RIS3) as well as circular economy scheme.


    Collectivité Territoriale de la Martinique

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    Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane

    The regional government - Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane – has direct competences in key areas in the region, such as spatial planning, transport, economic development, professional training, research innovation, youth sport recreation, culture, environment, society and health.


    Conseil régional de la Guadeloupe

    The Regional council of Guadeloupe manage the design and implementation of smart specialisation strategy. In this spirit, it promotes the setup of the network of OR on S3. Regional council of Guadeloupe is in charge of the Research and Innovation local policy and its implementation.


    Collectivité d'Outre-mer de Saint-Martin

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    Department of Mayotte

    The regional authority of Mayotte is the main player in the territorial development, its role is to stimulate economic growth by supporting business in different sectors, improve the attractiveness of the territory and firms’ competitiveness.


    Universidad de La Laguna

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    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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    Consorcio para el diseño, construcción, equipamiento y explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias

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    Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

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    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

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    Universidade dos Acores

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    Câmara do Comércio e indústria dos Açores

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    Universidade da Madeira

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    Université de La Réunion

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    Université des Antilles

    University of Antilles is also partner in the FORWARD project, being located in the two territories of the French West Indies, Guadeloupe and Martinique.


    Université de Guyane

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    Guyane Développement Innovation

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    A cluster of 55 members, Synergile is dedicated to renewable energies, energy management and materials and constructions whose mission is to promote cooperation between business and research, boost future technologies, and support basic and applied research


    Chambre Consulaire Interprofessionnelle de Saint Martin

    CCI Sant-Martin is an institution that combines the responsibilities of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Trades and Crafts and Chamber of Agriculture


    Consulta Europa Projects and Innovation

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  • Deliverables & documents

    You will find here intermediary and final deliverables as well as relevant documents. Official deliverables (i.e. accepted by European Commission) will be tagged as "official".

    Management & coordination

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D1.1 Management and coordination plan
    • D1.2 Data Management Plan
    • D1.3 Monitoring Plan

    Regional R&I diagnosis and joint strategy

    Update : 2019/05/21

    Final deliverables :

    • D2.1 Report of the mutual learning event
    • D.2.2 Nine regional diagnostics and joint strategy for OR R&I ecosystem performance

    Intermediary deliverables :

    Thematic actions plan

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D3.1
    • D3.2
    • D3.3

    Capacity building and training

    Coming soon !

    Final deliverables :

    • D4.1
    • D4.2
    • D4.3