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Excellence & Innovation capacity of the European Outermost Regions: how do outermost regions organize to capitalize their assets? Focus on the FORWARD project

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As part of the European policy in favor of research and innovation (Horizon 2020 strategy – the European Union’s research and innovation funding program for the period 2014-2020), the European Commission launches several calls for projects. It follows that some territories did not respond or were not or rarely selected for calls for projects on research and innovation. To try to overcome this handicap, the European Commission launched a European call for projects to improve the capacities of these territories in order to improve the quality of their responses.

The nine ORs have decided to join forces to submit a joint project entitled FORWARD. The Forward project aims to improve research excellence in the ORs and strengthen their innovation potential with a view to better participation in European research and innovation projects. The project engages the regional governments of the nine ORs in charge of regional R&D policies with key R&D actors in each region. FORWARD carried out an initial diagnostic and analysis of the ORs R & I ecosystems. Based on these results, it set up tailor-made actions including the definition of a common strategy, thematic working groups on ORs common interests, training and networking activities.


Communication Officer, Forward Project

Karine Leopold

Forward Project Coordinator, Forward Project

Dr. Fco. Javier Roo Filgueira

Research & Innovation Manager, Nexa

Dr Evelyne Tarnus

Head of Section at Innovation Department, Canary Islands Institute of Technology

Lucía Dobarro-Delgado

Director of the Innovation, Research & Digital Development Department, Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane

Marc Sagne

Assistant Professor in Computer Sciences, University of French Guiana

Sara Zermani

Sponsored by:

Forward Project

FORWARD is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme : Grant agreement ID 824550

Boosting Research Excellence & Innovation Capacity in Outermost Regions

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