About the HLT Fund

The High-Level Technology Fund is a multi-donor trust fund that provides grant financing to encourage more widespread adoption of high-level technology (HLT) to address development challenges in ADB’s developing member countries. As of 2017, the Government of Japan is HLT Fund’s sole donor.

Objectives of the HLT Fund

The HLT Fund seeks to promote the integration of HLT and innovative solutions into ADB-financed and administered projects, and connect technology providers with ADB’s project officers and developing member countries to explore business opportunities for high-level technology integration.

Uses of the HLT Fund

The HLT Fund can be used throughout the project cycle, from identification to implementation and operation, in the form of grants to finance:

  • technical assistance (TA) projects;
  • investment projects; and
  • direct charges (pool of experts and activities).

The HLT Fund will also support the Pre-concept Partnership TA which can be used to identify and develop an HLT project at an early stage of the project cycle, even before the country programming, based on proposals by technology firms.



Sector-specific priority HLT (updated annually by ADB Sector and Thematic Groups)

Energy sector
  • Climate change mitigation/adaptation technology
  • Criteria air contaminants (CAC) reduction technology (air pollution mitigation)
  • Smart grid technology (includes all types of storage as appropriate)
  • Energy efficiency technology
  • Renewable energy technology
  • Advanced energy system planning and analytical tools (i.e., geographic information system or GIS)
  • Waste-to-energy
Transport sector
  • Technology for efficient construction methodology and materials
  • Technology for transport asset management
  • Vehicle fuel technology for reducing emissions and energy consumption
  • Technology for public transport and freight fleet management
  • Technology for improving road efficiency and road safety for all mode
  • Technology for monitoring traffic, data management, traffic information, transport payment system and enforcement (intelligent transport systems)
  • Technology for shared mobility and new sustainable modes
  • Technology for providing mobility as a service platform and business model
  • Technology for traffic survey, analysis and modeling and big data application
Water sector
  • Climate change adaptation (flood and drought management)
  • High efficiency irrigation systems including fertigation
  • Pressurized irrigation systems
  • Water quality management (including groundwater)
  • Remote sensing for water accounting and productivity
Urban sector
  • Use of earth observation, remote sensing and geographical information systems for planning, asset management and maintenance
  • Urban water supply (treatment technology comprising among others, nanotechnology in water filtration, desalination technology)
  • Urban wastewater (treatment technology comprising among others, fecal sludge management and waste-to-energy technology)
  • Smart city technology (use of data analytics and smart systems including Internet of Things or IoT and sensors
  • Municipal solid waste management (application of innovative resource recovery technology, dumping site closure by application of innovative green technology, and waste-to-energy technology)
  • Urban drainage (early warning systems, flood anticipation and management)
  • Urban water supply and losses (use of smart systems including smart meters, sensors and IoT, and platform and software solutions for non-revenue water reduction, water quality monitoring, energy audit and reduction, operations efficiency including advanced modeling and asset optimization, advanced field devices for flow and pressure management, and trenchless techniques for pipes replacement)
  • Urban waste water management (use of smart systems including sensors and IoT, and asset optimization)