The Scientific Career System is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward of scientists in the public service as a means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel. The System is characterized by:

1. Entrance to and career progression or advancement based on qualifications, merit and scientific productivity;
2. Career paths that shall allow scientists to develop within their respective areas of expertise without leaving their status as scientists; and
3. Incentives and rewards to ensure attraction and retention of highly qualified persons in the science and technology sector.