The Territoires d’innovation de grande ambition (TIGA - Highly Ambitious Innovation Territories) action of the Programme of investments for the future (PIA), has a €450mn budget over 10 years, €150mn of which are grants and €300mn of which is equity. It has the end goal of selecting and supporting a limited number of national interest territories in the key stages of a transformation project designed to improve the quality of life of residents and increase the sustainability of the territory. The projects are backed by structured consortia of public, academic, scientific and economic stakeholders, but also citizen, resident and user representatives from the territory.
From 2018, the 24 winners will benefit from support and financial assistance in project development engineering that can be up to €400,000. This support must allow them to refine their territory project and prepare the response to the call for projects which will be launched mid-2018 and will be open to all the projects backed by the territories, whether or not they have participated in the call for expressions of interest (AMI).
The mobilisation was very strong in mainland and overseas France: 117 projects sponsors submitted an application. The territories concerned are varied - urban, suburban, rural, mountainous and even coastal - as were the issues dealt with - energy and food self-sufficiency, the resilience of agricultural and development models, disability, health and mobility.
The New Aquitaine region wants to see the viticulture of the future emerge and, by 2050, to still be a dynamic and attractive wine-growing land by initiating a new societal dialogue and new agricultural practices to move towards a sharp reduction in the use of pesticides.
An industrial platform, a port and a major energy centre, the Dunkirk urban area will deal with the issue of its twin dependence on major industrial groups and carbon-based energy. The new model will rely on economic diversification and the development of new sectors associated with the energy of the future, with a circular economy and energy sobriety rationale.