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The long-term objective of VINNMER-PEOPLE is to significantly contribute to the career development of more research-qualified future leaders. One systemic weakness which has been identified is that relatively few women are qualifying in comparison with men. VINNMER-PEOPLE is being implemented in order to promote qualification routes for the under-represented gender within areas of great need for better gender distribution. In accordance with the research bill, VINNOVA has allocated resources for the period 2007-2014 exceeding SEK € 55 million. VINNMER-PEOPLE has promoted qualification and career development for people running needs-driven research within VINNOVA's fields of activity in collaboration between academia, industry and/or the public sector. VINNMER-PEOPLE has added substantially to the international part and profile including its funding structure for trans-national mobility. VINNMER-PEOPLE utilize the familiarity built up under the Marie Curie brand. VINNMER-PEOPLE has also strongly emphasized the commitment of the host milieu to engage in the recruitment of the individual researcher. Therefore the host milieu has to commit them self financially to support part of the salary.

All international actions are expected to run for three years.

The main features of VINNMER-PEOPLE and its three different actions.
1. Incoming highly experienced international researcher (>10years).
2. Incoming international experienced researcher.
3. Outgoing international experienced researcher.

There are also Pre-application grants, Tutoring support for PhD's at distance, Follow-up of the career plan together with the applicant R&I milieu, Networking activities for all participants under VINNMER-PEOPLE.

VINNMER-PEOPLE has performed four calls and funded 39 fellows. In total we received 6 chair applications and 74 international applications.

Results from career advancements due to VINNMER-PEOPLE:
3 expert recruitments to industry
1 expert recruitment to governmental agency
4 professors
1 vice-chancellor
+ high number of career developments

The Fellows highlight the following important results directly related to having funding from
- clear commitments from employers
- quality stamp and attention
- increased international networking
- increased funding from other sources
- leadership and pedagogic training
New calls will not be opened in this programme.

Instead, the programme design has been further developed in order to increase the involvement of industrial researchers in the new programme "Mobility for Growth". This new programme is strongly influence by VINNMER and will have calls open during 2013-2014.

VINNMER-PEOPLE has also strongly influenced the BALANSE programme run by the Norwegian Research Council and several other national funding programmes that also have clear goals tosupport under-represented gender.

Links to the programmes:

Dr Erik Litborn, Programme Director