Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

The European Commission adopted the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers with its Recommendation dated March 11, 2005.

The recommendation established principles and norms for all research careers and promotes a favourable working environment for the professional development of researchers.

Subsequently, the European Commission approved the HRS4R (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, incorporating the Charter and the Code) to implement the European Charter of Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Researchers (C&C).

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers requires:

  1. Internal analysis of the state of the art of university regulations and current situation with regard to C&C principles;
  2. Development of a Human Resources Strategy to fill any gaps encountered in the course of internal analysis;
  3. Accreditation by the European Commission (recognition as "HR Excellence in Research");
  4. Internal evaluation (self-assessment after the first two years of accreditation);
  5. External evaluation (by the European Commission at the end of a four-year period).

In 2016, Sapienza initiated the procedures and activities necessary to obtain the HRS4R accreditation by the European Commission and authorized the Rector to sign the letter of commitment to comply with the EU Commission Recommendation dated March 11, 2005 (Academic Senate Resolution N. 226/16).

The commitment was communicated to the European Commission, which welcomed the university's decision and invited the latter to undertake actions to implement the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) process.

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