According to an extrapolation of figures for engineers in the year 2020 there will be approx. 7,000-14,000 fewer engineers in Denmark than are required. In the recent years the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education contributed to a series of initiatives in collaboration with the Engineering Association (IDA) and the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI). The ministry participated in work on a new strategy for teaching science, technology and health, and helped to launch a campaign to improve engineering education’s image and attract more students to schools. A campaign to improve long-term, image-building efforts in relation to engineering and higher technical education has been launched. The annual intake of PhD students will be doubled from 1,100 in 2002 to 2,600 in 2011. The increased number will be maintained in the future, as well as increasing focus on ensuring that a larger number of PhD recipients gain employment in private companies.
Several measures that are to develop researcher-education should be highlighted, like the Graduate schools, the Strategic Programme for Young Researchers and the Industrial PhD initiative. The recruitment of employees with higher education by small and medium sized enterprises is the goal of a measure called the Knowledge pilots. The enterprises can by that measure cover some of the salary of the new employee. The knowledge pilots have to solve a specified development task in the enterprise.
The Danish Councils for Independent Research have launched the research career programme Sapere Aude - a talent development programme for the elite. Sapere Aude particularly focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of Danish researchers with The European Research Council (ERC) and on creating role models for careers of young researchers. Sapere Aude will also encourage female researches to apply to ensure that research of the highest quality is promoted - regardless of the researcher’s gender.
The EliteForsk initiative gives support to the most advanced researchers (under 45 years). There are several measures under the EliteForsk initiative, such as an annual conference, an annual prize, mobility stipends, and young EliteForsker prizes for young researchers (under 35 years).
The EuroCenter gives guidance to Danish researchers for possibilities under the PEOPLE programme under the FP7. There exist also mobility stipends or visiting fellowships for Danish research at partner universities in the USA, such as the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz, or the research centre Human Sciences 8 Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR) at the Stanford University.
Relevant R&D policy measures in the field of human resource policies are intended to increase mobility from foreign researchers towards Denmark, like the 26 percent tax scheme for researchers or the Niels Bohr Visiting Professorship.