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The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers 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 Charter& Code aims at creation of competitive and open research job market in Europe, enhancing attractiveness of the research career. It also serves increasing mobility of researchers, including exchange of people between academia and industry and other sectors of the economy.

The institutions which consciously and actively adapt their activities to the principles entailed in both documents are recognized by the European Commission and granted  “HR Excellence in Research” award. The Foundation for Polish Science has been the first organisation in Poland to be so distinguished.

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 that had been planned two years before. In 2017 another review of the progress in implementing the guidelines of the Charter and Code was conducted. In 2018 FNP was submitted to on-site assessment of the implementation process by EC experts. The assessment proved very positive and the Foundation kept the distinction of “HR Excellence in Research”.

As our programmes and procedures are changing and so does the institutional and legal framework of our activities, pursuance of the European Charter & Code is a constant process.  New gaps and challenges are being identified and new actions discussed.

Files to download:

  • Declaration of support for the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: 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 2012: 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 2012: downlowad
  • The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Internal analysis of implementation 2014: download
  • Implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Internal Review. November 2017: download
  • Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment strategy: download