What is High-Level Technology?

For the purposes of the High-Level Technology Fund, high-level technology (HLT) is defined as:

  • Technology that is new or needs scaling-up in the country.
  • ADB has not yet extensively supported.
  • Have at least one of the HLT characteristics.

(updated annually by ADB Sector and Thematic Groups)


  • 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: GIS)
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Innovative heating and cooling technology
  • Application of clean energy technology in multi-sectors (e-mobility, irrigation, etc.)


  • mHealth technology
  • Unique Patient Identifier technology and Electronic Medical Records
  • Electronic Health System Documentation Management System (i.e. E-referral, E-receipt, E-sick leave certificate)
  • Inter-operable Health Management Information Systems
  • Inter-operable Health insurance Information System
  • Telemedicine, tele-radiology, tele-diagnostics and related technology
  • Rapid point of care diagnostics
  • Health and clinical decision support technology
  • Technology supporting improved physical access to elderly and people with disabilities
  • Climate change mitigation/adaptation technology in health facilities


  • Technology for efficient construction, new materials
  • Technology for transport asset management
  • New vehicle/fuel technology for reducing emissions and energy consumption
  • Technology for improving public transport and freight operation and management
  • Technology for improving efficiency and safety
  • Technology for monitoring traffic, data management, traffic information, transport payment system and enforcement
  • 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


  • Desalination technology
  • Remote-sensing technology
  • Sanitation technology
  • Smart city technology
  • ICT, IOT and mobile applications applied to improving urban services delivery (accessibility in urban space for vulnerable, lighting, urban assets management., cultural heritage, energy efficiency, hazards warning systems etc.)
  • Waste to energy technology
  • Water supply and losses – smart systems, involving (i) Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, internet of things (IOT) and sensors, and (ii) platform and software solutions for Non-Revenue Water reduction , water quality monitoring, energy audit and reduction, operations efficiency, flood anticipation and management
  • Water supply and losses – advanced modeling and asset optimization software’s for continuous water supply implementation, water losses reduction and assets criticality assessment, climate resilient cities
  • Water treatment- nanotechnology in water filtration, sludge and chemical free water treatment, bio monitoring and treatment
  • Water supply and losses – advanced field devices for flow and pressure management, AI and self-learning algorithms for pumping and distribution optimization
  • Water supply and losses – Trenchless techniques for pipes replacement
  • Water supply and losses – Smart meters and interfaces for real time information to customers and services (leak detection, etc.)
  • Water supply and losses – 3D simulation for plants design
  • Water supply and losses – advanced leaks detection and localization techniques, network self-repair techniques
  • Waste water – smart systems, involving (i) IOT and sensors, and (ii) the platform and software solutions for anticipation of floods and plants energy optimization
  • Waste water – 3D simulation for plants design
  • Waste water – asset optimization for flood control and waste water optimization
  • Waste water – waste water to energy technologies
  • Waste water – treatment systems for water reuse


  • Climate change adaptation (flood and drought management)
  • Groundwater management
  • Water quality management
  • High efficiency irrigation systems including fertigation and pressurized irrigation
  • Crop Water Productivity assessment using Remote Sensing images
  • Advanced data collection & instrumentation including remote sensing, high-resolution rainfall radar, Lidar, mobile phone application (e.g. discharge measurement), UAV (drone), remote controlled ADCP boats, etc.
  • Advanced hydro modeling and data management technology
  • Asset management systems: to enable more efficient management of assets
  • Multi-criteria optimization of water-energy-food nexus to inform decision-making
  • Risk and uncertainty methodologies (e.g. Monte Carlo simulation) for project assessment
  • Near real-time decision support system for water resources management
  • Water accounting of river basins
  • Salinity monitoring and evaluation of salinity control performance (e.g. drainage) by handheld geomagnetic induction devices.