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In 2005, the European Commission, within the framework of the European Research Area, proposed the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Its objective: ensures researchers can enjoy the same rights and obligations in any European country despite regional, national or sectoral fragmentation.

Known as the “Charter and Code”, both documents propose a set of 40 general principles and requirements that should be followed by researchers and employers or funders recruiting researchers. These principles are arranged in 4 blocks:

  1. Ethical and professional aspects, such as freedom of research, ethical principles, or good research practices.
  2. Issues related to recruitment and selection.
  3. Conditions of work and social security, such as the stability and permanence of employment, financing and wages or gender balance.
  4. Training and development.

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The ‘Human Resources Strategy for Researchers’ (HRS4R) is a step by step process that enables organisations to integrate Charter and Code principles into their own Human Resources policy.

HRS4R process culminates in the public recognition and granting of the 'HR Excellence in Research' award to the institutions which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy.

Entities that receive this award highlight their commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers.

USP commitment with Excellence

In 2015, USP signed the Charter and Code "Endorsement letter", in recognition of the principles and obligations of the Charter and Code, being one of the more than 1200 entities that have endorsed C&C.

As a result of the creation of the Office of International Research Projects, and associated to the increase in the participation of University in Horizon 2020 Framework Program calls, the Vice-Rector's Office for Teaching Staff and Research committed in 2018 to working on the implementation of the principles collected in the C&C and began HRS4R process

After the internal analysis (GAP analysis and OTM-r), Action Plan was elaborated. The process was successfully completed in December 2021, when the Commision awarded University with the 'HR Excellence in Research' award.

Estrategia de recursos humanos para los investigadores (HRS4R)