HRS4R Certification

The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities, research institutions and organizations that fund research in the application of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which aim to contribute to the development of a European labour market attractive for researchers.

The ‘Human Resources Excellence for Research’ award publicly recognises research organisations which have improved their human resource policies to align them with the principles of the Charter & Code for Researchers. The principles of the Charter & Code for Researchers encompass 40 essential topics.


General principles and requirements applicable to Researchers

Research freedom Good practice in research
Ethical principles Dissemination, exploitation of results
Professional responsibility Public engagement
Professional attitude Relation with supervisors
Contractual and legal obligations Supervision and managerial duties
Accountability Continuing Professional Development


General principles and requirements applicable to Employers and Funders

Recognition of the profession Access to career advice
Non-discrimination Intellectual Property Rights
Research environment Co-authorship
Working conditions Supervision
Stability and permanence of employment Teaching
Funding and salaries Evaluation/ appraisal systems
Gender balance Complains/ appeals
Career development Participation in decision-making bodies
Value of mobility Recruitment
Access to research training and continuous development  


General principles and requirements for the Code of Conduct

Recruitment Recognition of mobility experience
Selection Recognition of qualifications
Transparency Seniority
Judging merit Postdoctoral appointments
Variations in the chronological order of CVs  


The IGC has been working on developing, improving and establishing all these principles. This is an ongoing process which involves representatives of the community (see implementation group members), the IGC direction and the FCG’s HR.


Implementation Group

Élio Sucena (PI – R4)
Manuel Rebelo (Scientific Support Unit Head – R4)
Sheila Vidal (Technical Support Unit Head – R4)
Sofia Rebelo (Lab Manager – R3)
Joana Bom (Scientific Support Unit Manager – R3)
Katharina Willmann (Postdoc – R2)
Jorge Carvalho (Scientific Support Unit Technician – R2)
Ana Vinagre (Scientific Support Unit Technician – R1)
Mariana Natalino (PhD Student – R1)
Kátia Jesus (PhD Student – R1)


HR Excellence in Research        

Updated on 24 june 2022

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