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Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

European Charter and Code


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The European Commission has awarded the 'Institut d'Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears' (IdISBa) the 'HR Excellence in Research' recognition which accredits it as a research center committed to the continuous improvement of its human resources policies.


HRS4R recognition identifies IdISBa as an international provider of scientific jobs in a favourable and stimulating environment for the development of a research career in accordance with the "Charter & Code" principles (European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers) adopted by the EU in 2005.


The aim of  “Charter & Code” is making research an attractive career in the European Research Area (ERA) as a key factor in strengthening economic growth. Together, these two documents establish a set of 40 general principles and requirements defining the rights and duties of researchers and their employers.


In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organizations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment and to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent.


IdISBa is committed to excellence in research and the fostering of technology and knowledge transfer to the health services and industries, and believes that these objectives cannot be met without the nurturing and attraction of exceptional scientific talent. Accordingly, IdISBa endorsed the “Charter & Code” in August 2015, and in doing so committed itself to aligning its policies and practices with the recommendations laid out by the European Commission.


The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is the European Commission’s established tool to support research institutions in the implementation of the “Charter & Code” principles, and it is based in 5 steps that the institution must follow:


Step 1: Internal analysis (Gap Analysis) regarding current compliance with the 40 Charter & Code principles, grouped in 4 areas (“Ethical and professional aspects”, “Recruitment”, “Working conditions and social security” and “Training”).


Step 2: Publication and dissemination of the institution “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers” on its website, presenting the resulting Action Plan.


Step 3: Acknowledgement of the European Commission that the research institution has adopted a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (“HR Excellence in Research” award).


Step 4: Implementation of the HR strategy and regular self-assessment (at least every two years).


Step 5: External evaluation, at least every four years after the HR award.


The award “HR Excellence in Research” publicly recognizes the institutions committed in developing an HRS4R, aligning their HR policies with the principles of the “Charter & Code” with the objective of providing a stimulating and favorable working environment for researchers and research-related personnel that allows their professional growth and development.


IdISBa is now one of the 53 state institutions that has this distinction of excellence, the first of the Balearic Islands.


More information:


1. OTM-R Policy


2. Action Plan


3. Plan Assessment


4. Additional Documents