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ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge ( ABIC) 2024

ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge ( ABIC) 2024

Country: Indonesia
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ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge ( ABIC) 2024

The ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge represents a unique initiative aimed at fostering the development of the blue economy in ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste. It seeks to identify, finance, and support innovative solutions geared towards the conservation and sustainable management of marine ecosystems, coastal areas, and freshwater resources. In addition to providing financial support, it facilitates connections between innovators and potential stakeholders, including investors and business entities.

The ABIC is interested in both novel approaches and adaptations of existing methodologies that demonstrate practicality, scalability, and potential for positive impact. Furthermore, alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG5, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG10, SDG13, and SDG14, is encouraged to promote comprehensive progress in sustainable development across the ASEAN region and other relevant areas. This initiative itself will emphasize on four topics aligned to in the ASEAN Blue Economy Framework, which described in Table 1 below.

  • Climate Issues
  • Marine plastic pollution
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Sustainable Tourism


Out of all applications, a maximum of 200 will be selected on a competitive basis as finalists and 60 applicants will be admitted into the Capacity Building Programme and will receive financial support awarded as specified in Table 3 below:

    • Capacity building programme: Technical assistance and mentorship in preparation and during the piloting period
    • Funding : Maximum USD 40,000 for up to six months to pilot or proof of concept of the innovations.
  • For All the Applicants
  • Outreach: Solutions submitted could potentially be included in upcoming UNDP publications that are shared with national, regional, and global partners for public outreach, upon consent.

Check: Women in the Digital Economy Fund (WiDEF) Grants Program 2024 [ up to $500,000 – $1,500,000]

Eligibility of ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge

  • A minimum of 3 (three) people representing a legal entity/organization
  • The team is required to have male and female members, ensuring gender balance
  • Team members must be at least 18 years old and have legal identity as a citizen in ASEAN member states and/or Timor-Leste
  • Submit registration and administrative requirements according to the provisions through the online form
  • Have at least 1 (one) years in operation OR established before April 2023
  • Have good financial standing, proven with record of ongoing and completed projects in the last 1 year and a reference from  previous client/partner.

Also Check: The 2024 call for applications to UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity is now open!

Application for ASEAN Blue Innovation Challenge

Proposals received after 31 May 2024, 11.59 PM Jakarta Time (GMT+7) will not be considered by the system. Only applicants who have completed all fields in the application form and provided all requisite documents will undergo evaluation.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline31 May,2024



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