The HEA provides funding to support a number of ICT initiatives such as retention and summer camps.

The HEA Information Technology Investment Fund (ITIF)

The HEA administers the above fund which provides annual funding to HEI’s to support initiatives in ICT programme retention. The focus of which is on the integration of incoming students, supports and facilities for all students, and targeted activities for students experiencing difficulties.

Summer Computing Camps

Technology Skills 2023 sets out a plan to build on the previous ICT Action Plans and to provide appropriate education and training pathways for people to train, learn and upskill in a variety of high-level ICT Skills to meet demand and to ensure the continued growth of the Irish economy. In addition, the OECD Skills Strategy Ireland report references the potential to expand and enhance existing STEM education programmes in Ireland in order to improve the development of transversal skills for innovation across the education system.

In this context and to continue to build on the successful provision of ICT Summer Camps hosted in previous years, we continue to support summer school initiatives in information and communication technology for second level students by HEA funded higher education institutions.  As in previous years, the summer camps are aimed at second level students, with a primary focus to encourage young participants (including a focus on female participation) to consider a career in ICT and especially computing careers.

The call for proposals for these camps has now closed for 2024.


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