The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices.

The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

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.

The HRS4R has three phases to be followed:
• Phase 1 –Initial Phase – with the endorsement of the C&C and the application for the HR Award including the following documents:
- Gap Analysis
- OTM-R Checklist
- Initial. Action Plan Design
• Phase 2 – Implementation Phase of the Action Plan and its revised version after the interim assessment
• Phase 3 – Award Renewal Phase.
The HorizonEurope Annotated Model Grant Agreement (AGA, July 2021) devotes a specific section under Annex 5 to ‘HE Recruitment and Working Conditions for Researchers’. This article is a biding obligation. Therefore, following a check, audit, extension of audit findings, review or OLAF investigation, the HE grant beneficiary may be requested to provide evidence that Annex 5 has been duly applied. Within this frame, the HR logo may be considered a proof-although not the only one-of the implementation of the Charter & Code principles.

Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research (IdiPAZ) represented by Fundación para la Investigación Biomédica del Hospital La Paz is implementing the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) all over its structure. In order to achieve that objective, IdiPAZ has been identified the gaps in the actual human resources practices and, according to them, has develop an Action Plan with the pathway to implement the total of the 40 principles of the Charter and Code.
In this Action Plan will be envolved all the researchers and administrative bodies of the institution, being part of the solution of the gap identified towards the full implementation.