Call for Proposals: Pillar 3 Innovation and Agility

Important Notice CALL Deadline Extended to Tuesday 31st of March at 2.00 p.m. 

The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will deliver an investment targeted towards increasing capacity in higher education in skills focused programmes designed to meet priority skills needs. These needs are identified though the detailed and comprehensive framework now in place under the National Skills Council, including  publications from the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU), the work of the Regional Skills Fora, the NTF Advisory Group, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, and direct involvement of employers. The HCI will also respond to the targets outlined in the National Skills Strategy, Technology Skills 2022, and other government strategies. It will seek to promote innovative and responsive models of programme delivery, and to enable the higher education system to respond rapidly to changes in both skills requirements and technology.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PILLAR 3, Innovation and Agility (Opens 16 December 2019; Closes Tuesday 31st of March at 2.00 p.m. )

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are invited to submit applications from 16 December 2019 for funding under the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) call for proposals for innovation and agility. €300m over five years from 2020-2024 has been allocated for the HCI from the surplus in the National Training Fund (NTF) 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 the HCI and further calls for funding will be issued under other pillars of the programme.

Further Details:

Click on the links below to access the Call Document, The Guide to the Online Application System, The Indicative Application Template (for illustrative purposes only), and Supporting templates (for budget, workpackage/KPIs and institutional sign off) and to access the HCI application submission portal. This call will close at 12:00pm (Noon), 24 March 2020. Important Notice CALL Deadline Extended to Tuesday 31st of March at 2.00 p.m. 

Pillar 3 Call Document

HCI Online Application Guide

Additional Places Course Details Template

Budget Template

Budget Details and Justification Template

Declaration of Honour Template

Work Package and KPI Table Template

Indicative application guide

Call Document Revisions


Access the online application portal

HCI Appeals Policy

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