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The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The concrete implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions will render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project. Funding organisations implementing the Charter & Code principles will contribute to the attractiveness of their national research systems and to the attractiveness of the European Research Area more generally. The ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award, attained after a thorough analysis of an institutions HR policies is carried out, will identify the institutions and organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers.


412 organisations have received the HR Excellence in Research award.




Please note that as of 1 January 2017, the 'strengthened' HRS4R implementation procedure has been entering in force. ALL institutions already involved in or 'newcomers' to the process will switch to the strengthened process as soon as their next assessment is coming up. Important elements are:

  1. to start the process an endorsement AND commitment letter is now mandatory
  2. a well-defined timeline applies throughout the whole process
  3. the use of templates for the gap analysis and the action plan is now MANDATORY

    Special information for UK institutions entering the process as newcomers, or switching from "The Concordat" to the HR implementation via the European HRS4R, the following documents need to be submitted:
    • - Full actual gap-analysis (template 1)
    • - Action plan (template 2) – backwards and forward looking
    • - Internal Assessment (template 3 - depending on the level of implementation)
    • - Confidential information on previous assessments and the way the institutions intends to articulate both dynamics when switching to the European process are most welcome.
    Submitting your applications to HRS4R assessment will commit you to implementation under the rules of the strengthened procedure and assessment by international peer reviewers.

All relevant information is available in our Policy Library.

For the time being, no deadlines for submission of applications are set.

A thorough check of compliance with the HRS4R procedure of all involved institutions running late with their self- assessment will be undertaken within the next months.

Should you have further questions after having read through the documents, please send a message to the functional mailbox RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu .






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HRS4R Acknowledged Institutions

The "HR Excellence in Research" award gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resource policies with the principles set out in the "Charter & Code". Institutions that have been awarded the right to use the icon can use it to highlight their commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers.