HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles relating to the responsibilities and rights of researchers and the institutions in which they work, considering the creation of a stimulating working environment, favourable to the production, transfer and sharing of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers establishes the requirements and quality standards that the recruitment process must meet: open, transparent and merit-based.

HR Excellence In Research award is attributed to organisations that, following an internal analysis (Gap Analysis) of compliance with the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, define a set of actions (Action Plan) to improve their practices, a continuous and evolutionary process anchored in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). Certified organisations gradually implement the measures set out in the Action Plan, followed by a interim-assessment after 24 months, and then successive renewal cycles valid for 36 months, with on-site visits on alternate cycles.


Currently, 52 Portuguese organisations have endorsed the principles of the Charter & Code, including higher education institutions, research institutes or laboratories; of these, only eight are certified, such as the Champalimaud Foundation, o Gulbenkian Institute of Science or the Institute of Molecular Medicine, none of which are universities.

Ongoing activities:

Iscte is currently preparing the application for certification (Initial Phase), and the following initiatives have already been carried out:

1. Charter&Code Endorsement
2. Appointment of the Steering Committee and Working Group

Steering Committee

  • Jorge Rodrigues da Costa (Vice-Rector for Research and Technological Modernisation), who coordinates
  • Maria das Dores Guerreiro (Vice-Rector for Internationalisation)
  • Maria de Fátima Ferreiro (Vice-Rector for Education and Accreditation)
  • Carina Cunha (Head of Research Support Unit)
  • Isabel Rodrigues (Head of Human Resources Unit)

Working Group

  • Bruno Rebelo (Senior Technician in the Human Resources Unit)
  • Marina Santos (Senior Technician in the Human Resources Unit)
  • Carla Matias (Senior Technician in the Quality Unit)
  • Clara Boavida (Senior Technician in the Research Support Office)
  • Patrícia Salgueiro (Senior Technician in the Research Support Unit)
  • Teresa Simões (Coordinator of the Communication Office);
  • Vítor Basto Fernandes (Council of Ethics)
  • Mariana Rodrigues (representing R1 Researchers)
  • Tiago Lopes Carvalho (representing R2 Researchers)
  • Ricardo Costa Agarez (representing R3 researchers)
  • Susana Batel (representing Researchers R4)
3. Collect information on recruitment and selection processes for Iscte researchers

More information soon.

4. Launch of the Iscte Researcher Survey 2024

The aim of the survey is to gather information on Iscte's current situation in terms of compliance with the principles of the Charter & Code and also their position on a set of actions proposed by the members of the Working Group.

The community considered within the scope of this consultation is made up of around 600 researchers whose contractual framework corresponds to one of the following situations:

  • Permanent contract (Research Career Regulations)
  • Fixed-term contract (Projects and invitations under the Research Career Regulations)
  • Fixed-term contract (Scientific Employment Programme)
  • Research grant contract (full-time)

The questionnaire is structured into seven main sections, and will be administered in Portuguese and English:

  • Ethical Conduct in Research and Good Practices
  • Career and professional development
  • Working conditions and environment
  • Support for research activities
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Recruitment policy
  • Dissemination of research results/transfer of knowledge

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