Human Capital Initiative (HCI) call for proposals for Graduate Conversion and Specialisation courses


Call for Applications – 2023
Call for Proposals

This call is now closed.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit proposals for funding under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) call for proposals for Graduate Conversion and Specialisation courses, in line with the requirements set out in this call.

This Call is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). From 2020 to 2025, €300m has been allocated for the HCI from the surplus in the National Training Fund (NTF). This is in line with recommendations contained in the independent review of the NTF on the use of the surplus and the development of labour market skills. This is the second call for proposals under Pillar 1 Graduate Conversion Courses and will fund courses in the academic years 2023/24 and 2024/25.

Providers who wish to make HCI Pillar 1 course proposals must submit their proposals online via SkillsDirect. The deadline for submissions is 13:00hrs on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Proposals will not be accepted after this deadline or via any other platform.


Call for proposals launched Friday 20 January 2023
Call information session (Online Meeting) Tuesday 31 January 2023, 12.00hrs
Skills Direct portal opens for applications Friday 3 February 2023
Deadline for submission of proposals Thursday 23 February 2023, 13.00hrs
Providers notified of approved courses Early Q2 2023

HCI Pillar 1 2023 Call Final Document

HCI Pillar 1 2023 Indicative Application Form Questions

HCI Pillar 1 Call 2023 FAQ 15 Feb 2023

HCI Pillar 1 Call 2023 Ranking Form

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