BEST PRACTICES IN RESEARCH

EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR RESEARCHERS AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF RESEARCHERS

The European Commission adopted the European Researchers' Charter and the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment, drafting two documents aimed at researchers as well as employers and providers of public and private sector funding. Both documents have become key elements of European Union policy, making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.

Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers outlines the functions, responsibilities and rights of investigators and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relation between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and shared use of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers from the early stages.

Moreover, the Code of Conduct for the hiring of researchers was drawn up to improve enrolment, so that selection procedures are fair and transparent. The researcher's merit should be measured not only by the number of publications, but also by a wider range of evaluation criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness-raising activities.

To help accommodate the research institutions to the Charter and Code principles, the Commission set out a procedure through which those institutions interested in including them, could design their own Human Resources (HR) Strategy.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C). This procedure includes carrying out an internal analysis of legislation and practices against the principles of the C&C (Gap Analysis) and the development of an action plan.

HR STRATEGY IN ARAID

During the second semester of 2013, ARAID, member of the 4th Cohort of HRS4R Institutions, underwent the Internal Analysis process of the "HR Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission. HRS4R is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

In the first semester of 2014, the results of the working group and survey completed by ARAID researchers and the internal analysis served as basis to prepare an HR strategy plan, later validated by the Foundation Board and presented for evaluation to the RTD Charter European Commission DG Research & Innovation in the second semester of 2014 as Step III of the HRS4R process.

The plan is to be revised yearly.

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