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Charter and Code enhancing researchers` careers

Charter and Code is the European Commission's recommendation on the responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funders as regards working conditions, knowledge development and the sharing of knowledge, career planning for researchers and researcher mobility

The Research Council´ s two roles

The Ministry of Research and Education (KD) has given The Research Council the responsibility to follow up the work in Norway. The Council has taken two roles:

  1. The Research Council encourages research institutions to endorse and to implement the Charter and Code principles.
  2. The Research Council, as funder of resesarch, implements the Charter and Code

HR-Excellence in Research The Research Council has a Charter and Code action plan for the periods 2010-2013 and 2013-2015 and has been given the EU "HR-Excellence in Research" logo. This logo is awarded to research institutions and funding organisations that have been acknowledged by the European Commission for having made significant progress in implementing the Charter and Code.

Charter and Code and funding from the Research Council

The Research Council wants the principles of the Charter and Code to be followed up in projects funded by the Council. The Research Council has therefore included a reference to the Charter and Code in our information to applicants under 'General requirements for applications'.

Research funded by the Research Council of Norway must be carried out in line with principles in the EU recommendation “The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct of the Recruitment of Researchers” (Charter and Code).

It has also been agreed to include a statement in calls for applications:
Projects headed by women are given priority in cases where professional quality and relevance are rated equal.

The statement is in accordance with the applicable assessment criteria in which all applications are now assessed pursuant to a) the recruitment of women to higher positions in general and to mathematics, science and technology subjects in particular, and b) gender balance in the project.

It will be important in the coming period to clarify how these actions relating to gender balance in research and executive positions are to be followed up in day-to-day work. The follow up will be linked to the Research Council´ s new Policy on gender balance and gender perspectives in research.


About the Charter and Code
Charter og Code are central means in achieving ”Better Careers and More Mobility – a European Partnership for Researchers”, which is one out of five focus areas to increase recruitment of researchers and to achieve an attractive.


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