At National level, governments and relevant stakeholders (in particular RFOs) should consider how the rules for national funding schemes could better promote the uptake and effective implementation by Research Performing Institutions (RPOs) of the principles of openness, transparency and merit-based recruitment as articulated in the Researcher’s Charter and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers- (“the Charter and Code”). Where relevant, governments should remove legal barriers or other hindrances to open recruitment of researchers in public sector RPOs and define new structures and approaches to researcher career development.
RPOs in turn should be encouraged to participate in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers and to review their current recruitment processes in a reflective and self-critical way, amending them where necessary to improve their openness and transparency as benchmarked against the Charter and Code.
At European and national levels, authorities should encourage openness and the circulation of international talent by reinforcing a welcoming culture for EU and third-country researchers and reducing obstacles to mobility.
At European level, participation in Horizon 2020 should reinforce uptake of the Charter and Code, in particular through Article 32 of the Model Grant Agreement. The role and effectiveness of Euraxess in supporting the open recruitment of researchers should also be reviewed, particularly the impact of the Euraxess Jobs portal.
Improving inter-sectoral mobility between public and private sector research bodies in both directions and at all career stages.
This might be addressed in a number of ways, including adoption at national level of the Innovative Doctoral Training principles, generalising the adoption of the European Framework for Research Careers and strengthening initiatives on the professional development of researchers, particularly at an early stage in their careers. Development of a global campaign to promote doctoral programmes in Europe built around the Innovative Doctoral Training principles should be discussed. Stronger involvement of the private sector in all these processes should be explored.