The HRS4R strategy (‘Human Resources Strategy for Research’) is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities and research institutions and organizations that finance research in the application of the European Charter for the Investigator and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The objective is to contribute to the development of a European labor market attractive to researchers.
The Charter and the Code of Conduct are recommendations of the EC to Member States and are invited to apply them voluntarily:
- European Charter for Researchers: The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements that define the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and entrepreneurs and providers of funds.
- Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which highlights the importance of open and transparent recruitment procedures and of diverse and experienced selection committees.
The Foundation is committed to improving the conditions of researchers, so in April of last 2017, it requested adherence to the European Charter of the Researcher and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In the month of December of this year, the official adhesion to this commitment is published on the Euraxess website: Declaration of Commitment to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Reserarchers.
The following phases of this procedure consist of its implementation and evaluation and approval by the EC. For this, a Gap Analysis and an Action Plan (in process) are prepared.
The Action Plan promotes a series of improvements to align our human resources strategy with the principles of the European Charter and Code (Charter & Code) which are:
- Promote selection committees on gender equality.
- Creation of the figure of the mentor / defender of the researcher.
- Promote mobility in the career of the researcher.
- Achieve a greater impact of the results of the Foundation in society.
- Greater international diffusion of the labor offers of the Foundation.