The Health Research Institute Puerta de Hierro – Segovia de Arana signed on march 2018 and sent to the European Commission the declaration of commitment to de principles of the “Charter for European Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”.

The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities, research institutions and organizations that fund research in the application of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which aim to contribute to the development of a European labour market attractive for researchers.

The charter and the code of conduct are recommendations made by the Commission to Member States, which are invited to apply them voluntarily:

  • European Charter for Researchers: The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, entrepreneurs and funders.
  • Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which does not differ much from the standard rules on hiring, stresses the importance of open and transparent procurement procedures, and also of diverse and experienced selection teams.

HR Award

The quality seal awarded by the European Commission «HR Excellence in Research” identifies universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment.

Until now, 428 organisations, 86 of them Spanish have received the HR Excellence in Research award.

IDIPHISA welcomes and supports the Recommendations of the European Commission containing the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers”, hereby commits, according with its internal policies, to further develop its internal human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and the principles set out in the Charter and Code and to guarantee transparency, accessibility, equity, and the pursuit of excellence in the recruitment of researchers.


The complete procedure contains the following five steps:

1. Preparation of a rigorous Internal Analysis.
2. Publication of the Institution Strategy in the corporate website to maintain and improve the Charter and Code.
3. Evaluation and approval of the Strategy by the Commission.
4. Application and continuous self-assessment of the process by the institution.
5. And finally, have the Strategy and its deployment evaluate externally by the Commission every four years after initiating the process.

In April 2019, both the gap analysis and the action plan were sent to the European Commission in order to be evaluated. The human resources strategy can be downloaded from the link below:


In August 2021, the revised Action Plan was submitted to the European Commission for assessment as part of the mid-term review after the completion of the first part of the Implementation Plan:

Internal Review for Interim Assessment


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This action is being funded thanks to the nominative grant from the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid in favour of the Foundation for Biomedical Research of the Puerta de Hierro University Hospital of Majadahonda under the 312D «Biomedical Research Foundations» programme of the Community of Madrid expenditure budget for 2018.