In 2005 the European Commission adopted a
European Charter for Researchers and a
Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of
Researchers (in short: Charter and Code).
The document (formally a recommendation) is addressed to
researchers as well as employers/funders in both the
public and private sectors. Charter and Code are one of the
key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an
attractive career, which is a vital feature of the EU's
strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
Giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations
wherever they may work throughout the European Union should
help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented
at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its
In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, but also to the career development of researchers.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment of researchers, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit: merit should not only be measured in the number of publications, but also on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.
You may find the full text of both the Charter and the Code on the European EURAXESS Rights portal >>
You may also find a List of organisations by country that have endorsed the Charter and Code >>
To facilitate the endorsement and implementation of the Charter & Code, guidance is provided in the "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code". This mechanism is put into action on a voluntary basis by the research organisations, and is as simple as possible, avoiding cumbersome procedures and respecting the variety of situations across research institutions.
The "HR Excellence in Research" logo is awarded to research institutions and funding organisations that have been acknowledged by the European Commission for having made significant progress in implementing the Charter & Code principles (i.e. developed a human resources strategy for researchers at the level of the institution at least).
You may find out more about the HR Strategy for Researchers on the European EURAXESS Rights portal >>
You may also find a List of institutions with the "HR Excellence in Research" acknowledgment by coutry >>
For Croatian institutions that have endorsed the Charter and Code and wish to implement their principles by developing an HR strategy for researchers, the EURAXESS Service Centre offers additional support. You may find more information in the Croatian part of this website >>