HR Excellence in Research

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code were adopted by the European Commission in 2005. These two documents contain recommendations defining the role, scope of responsibilities and rights of researchers as well as of their employers and funders.

The Foundation for Polish Science is the first organisation in Poland to be recognised by the European Commission with the HR Excellence in Research logo for the implementation of the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. It is an acknowledgement that procedures applied by the Foundation in granting funds to researchers and collaborating with them are, to a large extent, compliant with the Commission’s recommendations.

In 2011 FNP president Maciej Żylicz signed a declaration of support for the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In the next step, the Foundation prepared an analysis of the compliance of its procedures and operations with the Commission’s guidelines, and on that basis drafted an action plan for achieving full implementation of the Charter and Code. After verifying these documents, on 25 June 2012 the European Commission awarded the Foundation the distinction of “HR Excellence in Research.”

Implementation of the Charter and Code is understood as an ongoing process, requiring regular evaluation and improvements in the institution’s operations. In 2014 the Foundation conducted an internal review of implementation of these principles, and in particular implementation of the actions planned two years before. In 2017 another review of the progress in implementing the guidelines of the Charter and Code is being conducted.

Files to download:

  • The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers – Internal Gap Analysis for the Foundation for Polish Science: download
  • The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Internal analysis of implementation: download
  • Declaration of support for the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: download