Human Resources Excellence in Research - HRS4R
The Maimonides Institute for Biomedical Research of Cordoba (IMIBIC) has adhered to the strategy of 'Excellence in Human Resources Research' of the European Commission (HRS4R) which was initiated by the European Commission and describes the rights and responsibilities of researchers and their employers and contributes to the creation of a transparent, attractive and open labour marker for researchers, allowing them to develop their scientific work in a favourable, stimulating environment.
This strategy is based on The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers:
- The European Charter for Researchers addresses the rights and responsibilities of researchers and their employers or financing organisations.
- The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers intends to improve the hiring of researchers by means of fairer, more transparent selection processes.
In 2015, IMIBIC signed a letter of commitment to the Charter & Code with the aim to implement the policies and best practices described in both documents.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, taking as a framework the European HRS4R strategy, several activities have been carried out to analyze the degree of compliance with each of the 40 principles set forth by the C&C, in order to detect any deficiencies and areas for improvement and to be included in the IMIBIC Human Resources Action Plan for their implementation during the coming years.
As of 2017, the action plan has been implmented, and monitored yearly. In October 2019, an internal self-evaluation was carried out, including a report to the European Commission the progress, status of indicators, as well as strengths and weaknesses of the current practices that will be evaluated by external experts. As a result of the self-evaluation, an updated Action Plan 2020-2022 has been published.
The HRS4R strategy consists of five steps:
- Conducting an internal analysis to compare the IMIBIC's current practices with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, involving all implicated parties.
- Publication of the results of the analysis and the Action Plan.
- Approval of the Strategy in the European Commission and awarding of the HR Excellence in Research logo.
- Implementation of the Action Plan and internal self-evaluation after two years.
- External evaluation by the European Commission every three years.