Cima is a University Research Institute of the University of Navarra that joins the challenge of the European initiatives called European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment.

Following the recommendations of the European Commission, Cima created in early 2018 a working group with professionals from different areas and responsibilities within research. Its work, in the first phase, has consisted of internal analysis, according to the principles set out in both the European Charter and the Code of Conduct, preparing a diagnosis and defining an Action Plan.

Objectives of the HRS4R at Cima


Promote the mobility of researchers within the European area.

Talent attraction

Strengthen the attractiveness of Europe for research personnel.

Knowledge transfer

Contribute to the improvement of knowledge generation, transfer and sharing.

Research career

To ensure the professional development of researchers from the early stages of their research careers.


Satisfaction of our researchers

Cima, through the Foundation for Applied Medical Research (FIMA), joins these initiatives through the letter of adhesion convinced that human capital is its most important asset, and that our success depends, to a large extent, on the professional and personal satisfaction of our researchers, professors and support staff.

Actions carried out at Cima

Cima is implementing the steps described in the HRS4R strategy through the following main actions:

  • Constitution of the Steering Committee and Working Group, responsible for oversight and implementation of the process, respectively.
  • Sending of the letter of adherence to the Charter and the Code in June 2018.
  • Internal analysis of Cima's Human Resources policy in key of the 40 principles described in the Charter and the Code in the four areas suggested by the European Commission in the Gap Analysis.
  • Publication of the HRS4R strategy on the Cima website.
  • The Working Group concluded that the main rules followed at Cima are aligned with the principles outlined in the Charter and the Code. To be sure of the degree of compliance with the principles and to ensure objectivity, the Working Group launched a survey addressed to a representative sample of Cima's research staff, which will provide a deeper understanding of the work environment, as well as the shortcomings found. This information will allow the design of the Action Plan, and a subsequent monitoring of the degree of compliance with the objectives over time. For the design of the survey, the opinion of researchers of different categories was obtained from previous meetings. The Steering Committee approved the final version of the survey, launched in October 2018, and had a response rate of 64% over respondents. The results of the survey were discussed in the Working Group and the Steering Committee, and enabled the development of a more realistic Gap analysis, which was the basis for the Action Plan.
  • In October 2020 the Steering Committee approved the final versions of the Gap analysis and the Action Plan, which were sent to the EC on that date.