The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers are collectively and briefly referred to as the Charter & Code or C & C. 

By defining the relationship between researchers working in both the private and public sectors, their employers and funders, the C & C Principles aim to enhance the careers of researchers by improving their selection and recruitment processes, working conditions, social security, ethical and professional issues.

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R);

  • guides research institutions and funders to implement C&C principles within their own organization.
  • is on a voluntary basis.
  • considers the differences between institutions.
  • makes research institutions that implement C&C principles an international attraction point for qualified researchers.
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Institutions, which integrate the 40 principles of the Charter & Code into their human resources policies, are recognised by the European Commission (EC) with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award'.

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The HRS4R process begins with the EC’s acceptance of the institution’s Endorsement Letter. It continues with the implementation of the institution’s Action Plan prepared based on the Gap Analysis in line with the 40 C & C Principles.

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