Human Resources Excellence in Research

ESF Science Connect and the European Charter of Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers


In 2010, the ESF was recognised by the European Commission as providing ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’. This acknowledgement is testament to the ESF’s working within the best practice guidelines of the European Charter of Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. It gives the ESF the right to display the logo ‘HR Excellence in Research’. As part of the process involved in maintaining this recognition, the ESF Internal Code of Conduct was produced in November 2014, and this now governs internal policies and practices.

The guidelines of the Charter are designed to promote equal rights and obligations for individual researchers throughout Europe by specifying the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, as well as those of funders and/or employers of researchers. They guarantee attractive research careers and improve employment and working conditions for European Researchers.

Becoming an acknowledged institution for the Charter and Code offers a greater level of accountability and clarity for ESF staff. ESF Science Connect’s recruitment policy thus guarantees impartiality through selection by competency and evidence-based qualifications. An annual performance management process aims to involve all the staff in the strategy of the organisation as decided by Management and ensures the enhancement of competencies. The principles of openness and fairness guide the evaluation of an individual’s achievement of objectives from the previous year and the definition of new ones for the year ahead. These lead to a personal development plan, which may include training and mentoring.

The remuneration policy is based on the classification of positions and the appraisal of individual performance during the Annual Performance Management Process. Merit is measured on a wide range of competencies, such as management and communication, teamwork and knowledge transfer – skills essential to science management.

Documents for download

Code of Conduct ESF - EN

Code of Conduct ESF - FR

Ongoing Strategic Actions