On July 2015 CREAF received the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) award that supports research institutions in the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code ) in their policies and practices. These two documents describe the rights and responsibilities of both the researchers and their employers and contribute to the creation of a labour market that is transparent, attractive and open to the researchers at an international level, as well as turning research into an attractive professional career.

The European Commission recognizes with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy grouped into four areas:

  1. Ethical and Professional Aspects
  2. Recruitment
  3. Working Conditions and Social Security and
  4. Training and Career Development.
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2021-2024 HRS4R Action Plan 


The internal review of CREAF HRS4R status has been performed by a specific HRS4R Working Group composed of representatives from different staff categories at the institution.  The Working Group collected evidences from different sources and stakeholders to evaluate the implementation of the HRS4R during the last 3 years and, importantly, to prioritize needs and design new appropriate actions. Two main tools were used to design the 2021-2024 HRS4R Action Plan. On the one hand, a thorough review of the 40 principles of the Charter and Code summarized in a reviewed GAP analysis (Annex 1 and 2 of 2021-2024 HRS4R Action Plan) and on the other hand, and similarly to what we did at the end of the implementation phase, an anonymous survey consisting of specific questions based on the Charter's principle statements (Annex 3 of 2021-2024 HRS4R Action Plan

All the actions included in CREAF's Action Plan 2021-2024 reinforce the overall aims of our Strategic Plan which consist in providing a high-quality environment for our staff as well as “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” Program.   

A coordinator, timeframe and indicator have been defined for each action. This Action Plan includes those actions from the previous HRS4R Action Plan 2017-2020 that have not been yet completed. The 2021-2023 Action Plan was presented and approved by the Direction Committee on May 2021. 

For more information on the CREAF 2021-2024 HRS4R Action Plan, please download the following PDF document: 

Action Plan 2021-2024


For more information on previous HRS4R Action Plans, please consult the following PDF documents:

Action Plan 2017-2020

Action Plan 2015-2017


Open, Transparent and Merit-based
Recruitment Policy


CREAF is committed to an Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment for researchers. 

In order to make progress towards the principles of Open, Transparent, Merit-based Recruitment we have developed a new OTM-R policy. 

CREAF fosters a diverse, inclusive and equal-opportunity environment, and implements and OTM-R policy that establishes a common framework and functioning following the Charter and Code principles in the three phases of a recruitment process (advertising and application phase, evaluation and selection phase and appointment phase). 

The OTM-R policy aim to

  1. ensure that the best person for a job position is recruited,
  2. guarantee equal opportunities and access for all,
  3. facilitate developing an international portfolio (cooperation, competition, mobility) and
  4. making research careers more attractive.  

For further information, please download the following PDF document: