The European Charter and Code for Researchers
What is the 'European Charter'?
The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims to ensure 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
What is the 'Code of Conduct' for the Recruitment of Researchers?
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers is a set of principles and requirements that aim to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent, and proposes different means of judging merit. For example, merit should not just be measured on researcherâs publications, but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.
Why endorse the principles of the Charter and Code?
Institutions and funders show they are committed to improving the working conditions for researchers, thereby making the European Research Area a more attractive place to do research.
Which organisations can endorse the principles of Charter & Code?
Research employers and funders from any country are invited to endorse the principles of the Charter & Code, either individually or through relevant umbrella organisations. Endorsements from organisations representing researchers (such as researcher associations and professional associations) as well as trade unions and, more broadly, organisations that do not recruit researchers are equally welcome.
Five reasons to endorse Charter and Code
- To support a change in working culture
- To join a truly pan-European network consisting of researchers and research organisations
- To stand for a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers
- To show that you care about your researchers/employees
- To benefit from international visibility by being listed on the EURAXESS website
Five reasons to choose an institution having signed the Charter and Code:
- The researcher's rights as a professional are recognised
- The researcher's mobility experience is valued
- The researcher's work-life balance is respected
- Recruitment transparency is guaranteed
- The researcher will join a truly pan-European network consisting of research organisations and researchers
If an organisation wants to endorse the Charter & Code, what are the steps to follow?
To endorse the Charter & Code organisations should draw up a letter expressing their agreement with the key principles underlying the Charter & Code. This letter should be signed by the highest institutional authority (e.g. CEO, Rector, or President). A scanned version should be sent to the European Commission's functional mail box (RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu). The organisation will then be listed on the EURAXESS website together with a copy of the letter. Declarations of endorsements by employers and funders should be followed by a concrete action plan for the implementation of the Charter & Code principles within the framework of the 'Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code' (HRS4R).
What is the benefit of sending an endorsement letter to the Commission? Is it not enough if the management decides to implement the Charter & Code within an organisation?
Endorsement letters are published on the EURAXESS website, providing added visibility to the organisations that have endorsed the Charter & Code and recognition in the research community.
How can one find out which other organisations in his/her country have already endorsed the Charter & Code?
The country list of organisations that have endorsed the Charter & Code, together with copies of their endorsement letters, can be found on the EURAXESS website at here.