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Climate Innovation Challenge

Partnership, Applicability and Scalability of Innovations and Technologies for Climate Resilience in South Asia

Application Deadline: 30th  August 2021

The Climate Innovation Challenge (CIC) aims to crowdsource innovative and disruptive technology solutions from around the world for resilience in South Asia. Through grant awards, matchmaking and pilot-testing, CIC will facilitate innovations across different sectors at national, sub-national and local/community levels in the region. 

The Program for Asia Resilience to Climate Change, a trust fund administered by the World Bank and funded by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), has made US$3.5 million available to ADPC to identify and pilot innovations to reduce climate risk and build climate resilience of communities vulnerable to such risks and extremes.

Facilitating innovators to deploy technology and innovative solutions to enhance climate adaptation across different sectors and levels is part of a 5-year project called “Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia.” The project is a partnership between ADPC, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), and the World Bank to support informed decision-making for protecting development gains in the region. 

The project aims to create an enabling environment for climate resilience in the region, focusing on Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan by improving the availability of regional data and knowledge, developing guidelines, tools, and capacities, and promoting climate-resilient decisions, policies, and investments across key sectors.CIC is a key component of the CARE for South Asia project.

Who can apply:

CIC is open to any firm or organization operating lawfully in any country or territory with experience in deploying solutions in low-income or developing countries. Each eligible and winning innovator would have access to a maximum of US$150,000 to pilot their innovations at regional or national level over a period of 12 months.  

  • Any firm or organization operating lawfully in any country or territory with experience in deploying solutions in low-income or developing countries can apply.
  • Provide experience of deploying such a technology or solution as above in any SAR country.
  • Any formal consortium where two or more entities have come together to constitute a new organization is eligible to apply.
  • Privately-owned companies including those with experience in providing innovative climate resilient technology solutions in the South Asia region.
  • The companies or organizations to have demonstrated managerial capacity to implement the proposed solutions.
  • The solutions are preferably a Minimum Viable Product/prototype (MVP) that may have been deployed with test results and status.
  • The proposed solutions to have potential of scalability and replicability under local conditions in the South Asia region.


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