The first Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) seeks to find ways to address three energy sector development challenges across ADB’s developing member countries through partnerships with high-level technology providers.

Technology providers are invited to submit a proposal to conduct a proof-of-concept/pilot of their high-level technology solution to address these development challenges for an eligible developing member country.

Three grants will be awarded for innovative solutions. Selected proposals will receive grant funding to a maximum of $500,000 each towards the total cost, which technology providers must co-finance.


The objective of the Technology Innovation Challenge (Energy) is to award three grants (maximum of US$500,000) to proposals demonstrating innovative technology solutions to address energy-related development challenges that ADB has published.

Target participants

The countries or territories that are eligible to benefit from Technology Innovation Challenge grant funding are provided below. Applicants must select a location from this list for their proof of concept or pilot projects for the proposed technology solution(s):

Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; Cook Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Kiribati; Kyrgyz Republic; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nauru; Nepal; Niue; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Samoa;  Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Viet Nam.

The applicant for the Technology Innovation Challenge (Energy) must be the original owner of the intellectual property for the solution; or an authorized licensee, or include the owner or an authorized licensee as a joint venture participant or subcontractor. Please check the rules on Technology Innovation Challenge (Energy) EOI submission platform for further details of applicant eligibility. 

How to register

Read more on how to register.


Selected proposals may receive grant funding to a maximum of $500,000 each. Technology providers must co-finance the total project cost.

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