Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

El CSIC está desarrollando la Estrategia de Recursos Humanos para Investigadores para alcanzar el pleno cumplimiento de la Carta Europea del Investigador y el Código de Conducta para la Contratación de Investigadores y obtener el reconocimiento HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH.



The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a tool launched by the European Commission to support Research Institutions in the implementation of the principles of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) [Download pdf]. Both documents set out a series of rights and responsibilities of researchers and research institutions which are translated into forty principles relating to ethical aspects, recruitment, working conditions and researcher training.

The correct application of these principles makes institutions more attractive to researchers, also improving the attractiveness of national research systems, and contributing to the development of the European labour market and the consolidation of the European Research Area.

The following chart shows the process that all organizations applying the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers will go through to obtain recognition:



At the end of March 2019, the CSIC, convinced of the benefits of generating and supporting a stimulating and favourable environment for research, informed the European Commission of its wish to initiate the process for obtaining the "HR excellence in research" seal.
Once the approval has been received, the process involves the completion of a series of documents analysing the human resources policies, including the Gap Analysis, which determines the situation of the CSIC in relation to compliance with the forty principles, and the Action Plan which, in view of the possible "deficiencies" detected, establishes the measures to be taken by the organisation to improve and align with the S&C.


At the end of March 2020, the CSIC will publish these documents on its website and send them to the European Commission for evaluation. If the assessment is positive, recognition will be obtained and the European Commission will add the CSIC to the public list of institutions involved in the implementation of C&C.


Template 1 GAP Analysis-Process Download

Template 2 GAP Analsalysis Overview Download

Template 3 OTM-R Checklist Download

Template 4 Action Plan Download


Two years after obtaining this recognition, a mid-term evaluation is carried out. This recognition must be renewed after the fifth year and every three years after this first renewal of recognition. These evaluations check the implementation of the action plans and provide for visits to the institutions by external experts.


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