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The European Charter & Code for Researchers

The European Charter & Code for Researchers


What is the European Charter for Researchers?

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 researcher’s publications, but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.


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Charter and Code

In 2005, the European Commission adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as research employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the EU's policy to boost researchers' careers.

Charter and Code in Italy

On 13 December 2005, in the Roman Capitol, in the very hall where the Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957, the Italian Universities and Research Organisations signed a declaration of commitment to adopt the principles of the Charter and Code

The roadmap of CREA

On March 21, 2018, the European Commission, following a positive evaluation expressed unanimously by the evaluators, approved the CREA request for recognition of the "Human Resources Excellence in Research".

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The process for the recognition of the "Human Resources Excellence in Research" is dynamic and is based on the concept of continuous improvement (Deming Cycle).

Below are documents related to some of the Actions in the Action Plan.

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Ultimo aggiornamento: 26 Mar 2024

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