OTM‐R is one of the pillars of the European Charter for Researchers and in particular of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, launched in 2005.

OTM‐R aims at ensuring that the best person for the job is recruited, bringing benefits to researchers, institutions and the wider research system. More specifically, OTM‐R contributes to make research careers more attractive, to ensure equal opportunities for all candidates and facilitate mobility.

The OTM‐R Working Group produced a comprehensive package for assisting Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) to implement OTM‐R practices. It allows RPOs to review their current recruitment policy and improve it, if/when needed. The package includes principles and guidelines on what an OTM‐R System should look like, a checklist for institutions as a self‐assessment tool to benchmark their current practices on the principles and the toolkit: a step‐by‐step guide to improve (if, when and where needed) the organisation‘s OTM‐R practices.