Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)


Fundación Pública Andaluza Progreso y Salud- FPS (Progreso y Salud Andalusian Public Foundation) has joined the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) of the European Commission (EC). The HRS4R is a procedure that serves as a tool to support organizations and institutions that hire researchers and/or finance research, in the application of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

The HRS4R strategy comprises the following stages:

  • Letter of endorsement to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) and commitment to implementing the HRS4R.
  • Internal analysis to compare the institution's practices with the C&C principles (GAP analysis).
  • Publication of an Action Plan to reduce the differences between the current practice and the principles of the C&C.
  • Assessment of the Strategy by the European Commission and, if approved, granting of the HRS4R Award. This award identifies the institutions that are working on the progressive application of the C&C and that follow these principles.
  • Implementation of the Action Plan within the institution and internal self-evaluation, two years after granting of the HRS4R award.
  • Award renewal by the Commission (5 years after granting).
  • Continuous improvement, commitment to quality and phase evaluation (triennial renewal cycle).

After sending its letter of endorsement, the FPS conducted an extensive internal analysis (GAP Analysis) to identify the differences between its current practice and the principles of the C&C. Initially, sectoral working groups comprising researchers from each of the career stages (R1-R4) carried out a preliminary analysis. Thereafter, the HRS4R Working Group agreed upon 25 specific actions to bring our practice closer to these principles. As a result, our HRS4R Action Plan was presented to the European Commission by the end of June 2019 giving way to the implementation of these actions and, eventually, to the granting of the HRS4R award distinctive of our commitment to the principles of the C&C.  

The C&C, through 40 general principles and requirements, guarantees that researchers can have the same rights and obligations in any European country. These documents are intended to enhance the researchers’ careers and contribute to the development of an attractive European research labor market.

The Chart constitutes a framework for researchers, employers and funders that invites them to act responsibly and as professionals within their working environment and to recognize each other as such.

larcel-255.jpg The Code is composed of a set of general principles and requirements that employers and / or funders must follow when recruiting or appointing researchers. Institutions and employers adhered to the Code of Conduct (as a result of a letter sent to the European Commission) are considered to take all measures to implement the principles established in the commission's recommendation on the C&C for hiring of researchers, openly demonstrating their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable manner and to provide fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.

The HRS4R strategy emphasizes the need for institutions to move towards the principles of Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment. Here, the establishment of a strategy for the professional development of researchers is a main point in the procedure.

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Letter of Endorsement
Charter and Code - C&C
Action Plan 2020-2024

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