Fostering 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

    The Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique has made the bet to opt for the path of innovation, among the avenues of development that were open to it. A true Intelligent Specialization Strategy (S3) with an action plan has been developed. It responds to a strong partnership between local authorities, the State and other local authorities to endow Martinique with a concerted policy for innovation.


    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

    The Collectivité d’Outre-mer of Saint-Martin is a public administration governed by Article 74 of the French Constitution. As a regional authority, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin matches FORWARD project in that, it will be able to bring together local partners to exchange and determine with them the needs and think together on how to develop the R&I system and partnerships, considering the low capacity of the territory in that field.


    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

    The University of La Laguna (ULL), located in Tenerife Island in the Canaries, has more than 200 years of history open to the world. With over 23,000 students, more than 1,800 lecturers and 800 administrative and ancillary staff, the ULL offers a wide catalogue of high quality degrees and research programmes ranging from all the humanities to the exact sciences.


    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    The ULPGC, created in the 1989-1990 has university institutes, research centres and 161 research groups covering all fields of knowledge, made up of nearly 1.000 researchers and around 1.000 PhD students.


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

    The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a joint initiative between the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments, with the support of the European Regional Development Fund. It represents a multipurpose service centre with land-based and sea-based novel infrastructures to support research, technology development an innovation in the marine and maritime sector


    Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

    The ITC is a public enterprise established by the Government of the Canary Islands in 1992, attached to the Regional Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Regional Government. The competences of the ITC are framed in the fields of Research, Development and Innovation at a regional level and the nearest African countries.


    Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

    The IAC is an international research centre. Its research topics include most areas of astrophysics


    Universidade dos Acores

    Throughout its 40 years of existence, UAc has established itself as one of the main pillars of the Azores autonomy and socio-economic development and as a place of excellence for teaching and research on the issues of the Sea, the Atlantic and the insular environments in its different dimensions.


    Câmara do Comércio e indústria dos Açores

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Azores operates as a representative for its associates with the objective of defending and promoting the interests of the economic agents of the secondary and tertiary sectors in the Azores, as well as outside its borders.


    Universidade da Madeira

    The University of Madeira (UMa) is a state university established in 1988, organized into 4 faculties and 2 schools: Exact Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Health Higher School and Technologies and management Higher School.


    Université de La Réunion

    The University of Reunion Island is a French public higher education and research institution, located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, one of Europe's outermost regions, off the east coast of Africa close to Madagascar. 12 000 students are admitted every year at six sites.


    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

    University of French Guiana is a public establishment for Higher Education and Research.
    The research is focused on Amazonian issues


    Guyane Développement Innovation

    GDI aims to decompartmentalize the economic development and promotion actors with the players of technological innovation, and to be a coordination tool for actions and operational projects throughout the territory.



    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

    Consulta Europa is an independent, internationally active think-tank specialized in research, education, innovation projects and territorial development, headquartered in the Canary Islands, a Spanish outermost region located near the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocea


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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
  • Horizon 2020 funded project

    The Forward project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824550.