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Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements should ensure observance of values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, and are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers. Institutions and employers adhering to the Code of Conduct will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable way and to provide fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.

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MSCA Pocket Guide for Researchers, Universities, Research Institutes and Companies

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are the main European funding programme for doctoral and postdoctoral training, preparing a generation of highly-skilled researchers to contribute to the knowledge-based society. The MSCA do not only support career development opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers, notably through fellowships, but they also have a pronounced structuring impact on universities and other entities well beyond academia by spreading excellence and setting standards for high-quality researcher education and training worldwide. They encourage the development of skills for innovation in all scientific disciplines, through worldwide and cross-sector mobility. The scheme offers high-quality and innovative research training and knowledge sharing opportunities in the academic and non-academic sectors. Universities, research centres, companies including SMEs and other non-academic organisations can host and train researchers at no cost. A strong emphasis is given to the employability of researchers and the enhancement of transferable skills, entrepreneurship, management and financing of research activities and programmes, management of intellectual property rights, ethical aspects and communication. The MSCA ensure attractive employment and working conditions for researchers and promote gender balance and equal opportunities. Funded projects and researchers commit to undertake public outreach activities to bridge the gap between science and society, raising awareness of the impact of publicly-funded research on citizens’ daily lives.

This booklet is designed to help you decide which MSCA grant is the right one for yourself or your organisation.

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