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The HRS4R Strategy at the URJC: Revised plan after the Midterm Evaluation

In June 2022, the URJC presented the mid-term evaluation report to the European Commission analyzing the progress and achievements achieved in the 18 actions launched under the initial Action Plan. After analyzing the URJC report, in November 2022 the European Commission issued their conclusions indicating that the URJC had correctly and fully implemented the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). With the recommendations of the Commission, the URJC has launched its Revised Plan, focusing on strengthening communication actions to increase awareness among the research community about the tools of the HRS4R Strategy.

In November 2025, the URJC will issue its final evaluation report and the European Commission will visit the institution.

The Table shows the actions of the initial Action Plan that are still in progress and the new actions (19. 20, 21) that are being implemented:



The HRS4R Strategy at the URJC: the Seal Month programs: results of the first phase of the Action Plan

In May 2022, three television programs were broadcast to briefly present the main results of the 18 Actions launched under the initial Action Plan (2020-2022) for the implementation of the HRS4R Strategy at the URJC.

HRS4R Strategy

La Human Resources Strategy for Research (HRS4R) is a tool launched by the European Commission to support institutions and organizations that finance research in the application of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the hiring of researchers, to those who the URJC joined in September 2018.

El target of this Strategy is to attract and maintain scientific talent in Europe, promote the mobility of researchers, ensure a good work environment and promote the development of their professional careers. In addition, it also promotes employment and economic growth through the establishment of a competitive, transparent and open scientific labor market.

The URJC thus undertakes, in accordance with its internal policies, to develop its human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and principles set forth in the Charter and the Code, and to guarantee transparency, accessibility, equity and the search for of excellence in the recruitment of researchers.

European Charter and Code of the Investigator

The Charter and the Code are recommendations of the Commission to the Member States. The Paper It is a set of general principles and requirements that define the responsibilities and rights of researchers and institutions that finance and manage research projects. El Custom code underlines the importance of recruitment procedures being open, transparent and merit-based. They were renovated in December 2023 with the EU Council Recommendation on a European framework to attract and retain research, innovation and entrepreneurial talent in Europe.

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

Source: ESHorizonte2020 - Spanish Portal of the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union

HRS4R Seal

In July 2020, after the approval of the Action Plan that ensures compliance with the principles of the European Charter and Code of Researchers, the University obtained from the European Commission the HRS4R Seal. This emblem identifies the institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and favorable environment for the researcher's work.

So far, 719 organizations, 164 of them Spanish, have received the Seal.

Who is the HRS4R Strategy aimed at?

The HRS4R Seal Strategy is for all researchers of the URJC, both Spanish and foreign, regardless of their contractual figure and the moment in which their professional career is. According to the European Commission, there are four states through which the research career passes. For each of them, the Commission has established a profile with a competence framework. These profiles are described below.

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