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Policies for researcher development – an international mapping

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This report provides an insight into policy-making related to research careers and research development in the EU and selected European countries. The report was commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills and is only available in English.

Publisher:Proba Samfunnsanalyse and Høgskolen i Innlandet


This memo documents a mapping of researcher development policies in the EU and some selected countries. We present the scope of researcher development policies and possible national policy instruments.

The results of the mapping indicate that the UK is a leader in this field, particularly in the development of standards. We have found few examples of relevant national policies in other countries, but the EU have taken several initiatives. Also, Euraxcess, a network of universities in the EEA have developed standards for researcher development in universities and many universities have voluntarily committed themselves to upholding these standards.