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22 innovative projects to be funded under Human Capital Initiative

5 October 2020 

Minister Harris announces 22 innovative projects to be funded under Human Capital Initiative

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced 22 projects are to be funded under the Human Capital Initiative.

The projects include the use of virtual laboratories in higher education, a new hub to upskill the building sector on green construction, and the establishment of Creative Futures Academy to support digital and screen culture, cinema, literature and broadcasting, art, design, and fashion.


Innovative methods of teaching and delivery will be promoted on these projects, so that learners will benefit from improved quality and more engaging ways of learning on enterprise-focused courses, providing lifelong learning and upskilling opportunities for all.

Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3, Innovation and Agility is the final pillar to be announced and commands a total budget of €197 million over the 5-year period, 2020 to 2024.

Minister Harris said: “I am delighted to be able to announce the broad range of projects that will be funded under the HCI Pillar 3.

“These projects will develop and change teaching and learning. This global pandemic has reinforced the need for us all to be agile and diverse.

“Crucially though it requires us to develop new skills and equip the next generation with the critical importance to the economy and the workplace of the future.”

Higher Education Authority CEO, Dr Alan Wall, has congratulated all of the higher education institutions receiving funding under the HCI scheme.


“It is great to see the culmination of this process as it represents hundreds of hours of work by the Higher Education Authority working with the higher education institutions and our international panel.”

HCI Pillar 3 will deliver 22 projects in higher education institutions, 17 of which involve collaborations between institutions.

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