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Incubator Programme

Through the Incubator Programme, the CTCN offers support for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to implement the climate change actions included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The programme offers a first step, through the development of technology roadmaps, to deploy technologies that will enable countries reach their adaptation and low carbon development targets.

For more information, read the CTCN Incubator concept note.

What is a Technology Roadmap?

A Technology Roadmap (TRM) serves as a coherent basis for specific technology development and transfer activities, providing a common (preferably quantifiable) objective, time-specific milestones and a consistent set of concrete actions; developed jointly with relevant stakeholders, who commit to their roles in the TRM implementation.”

The roadmaps developed under the Incubator are meant as tool to assess feasibility, develop business and financial models for bankable projects and prepare for investment. You can find the Terms of Reference of the Technology Roadmap in the 'Incubator tools' section below.

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  • Why was the CTCN Incubator Programme created?

    The Incubator Programme was created to support LDCs to strengthen institutional capacities and identify technology priorities to achieve adaptation and mitigation targets.

  • How to apply?

    Any LDC can access the Request Incubator Programme once they have nominated their National Designated Entity (NDE) and submitted a short application. To apply, the National Designated Entity shall complete and sign the short application form, and send it to the CTCN at [email protected].

  • Incubator tools

    Designed to support the NDEs participating in the Programme to implement the various modules, the training tools are a useful tool to help all NDEs generate and submit high quality requests to the CTCN.

CTCN analysed Zambia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and national planning documents, identified priority technologies and supported national consultations on the implementation of the NDC and Technology Needs Assessment. After a review of technologies, agroforestry practices were prioritized for the country and a roadmap was developed to support the deployment of agroforestry solutions in Zambia.  This was shared with relevant government entities for implementation.


CTCN undertook national consultations and a training workshop in Kathmandu to identify climate technology priorities and requests to submit to the CTCN. The Incubator Programme provided tailored support and two technical assistance requests were developed: one on developing a policy framework and business model to promote sustainable use of biomass briquettes and one on technical support to formulate a National Agroforestry Policy for Nepal.


The CTCN organized a workshop in Senegal to raise awareness among local authorities and private and public sector stakeholders on the possibilities offered by the Centre to facilitate the operationalization of the Senegal Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and on the new climate financing opportunities for climate technologies. The workshop helped prioritize requests for technical (CTCN) and financial (Green Climate Fund) assistance on prioritized sectors.


The Centre mapped Guinea’s policies and projects related to climate technologies and conducted national consultations to identify and develop requests to the CTCN. 20 national stakeholders representing a diverse range of sectors, including private sector and other UNFCCC focal points, explored national priorities related to climate technologies and identified possible requests for technical assistance. Guinea submitted four technical assistance requests. Three were prioritized by the CTCN.


The CTCN is assisting in Malawi to help the country implement its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) through a technology roadmap. Malawi held a national workshop to increase awareness on the CTCN in Malawi, and to select a climate technology that will benefit from a roadmap, based on an analysis of the country’s NDCs. The Centre will develop a technology roadmap on solar PV to help Malawi reach the goals included in its NDC.