Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Important message to institutions:
Due to exceptional circumstances linked to COVID19, processing of HRS4R applications might suffer additional delays. Moreover, in the context of extraordinary measures taken at national level (e.g. universities or other institutions closed), all self-assessment deadlines between 15 March and 30 May can be extended by one or two months, depending on your needs. You only need to apply for an extension electronically in your dashboard or, if you need more than one month extension, send an email to the functional mailbox: RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu.
Site Visits: All in house audits planned for April through June (and possibly July and August - depending on how the pandemic situation evolves) are cancelled. HRS4R experts and/or EC will contact you in due course to arrange additional dates. No site visits dates will be set before the situation both at EU and national level stabilises. Meanwhile, you can continue using the HR Excellence in research award.
Remote assessments: We will continue processing remote evaluations within the limits of HRS4R experts’ availability and the special circumstances of EC staff being on mandatory teleworking. Please note that evaluation and communication of outcome might incur further delays.
The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices.
The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.
The European Commission recognizes with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy.
Download the HRS4R procedure chart (52.79 KB)
524 organisations have received the HR Excellence in Research award.
Special information for UK institutions entering the process as newcomers, or switching from ‘The Concordat’ to the HR implementation via the European HRS4R.
Submitting your applications to HRS4R assessment will commit you to implementation under the rules of the strengthened procedure and assessment by international peer reviewers.
Full actual gap-analysis
Action plan – backwards and forward looking
Internal Assessment - 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 [inserted in the Action Plan, section called 'Additional comments/remarks about the implementation process'].
HRS4R Events & News
HRS4R New Application Modalities
Please note that as of 15 May 2018, ALL institutions interested to initiate the application for the "HR Excellence in Research Award" shall use the HRS4R E-tool - the European Commission's official platform, facilitating the management of the HRS4R process.
Enrolment in the HRS4R is voluntary and non-binding.
HRS4R implies a long-term commitment throughout many years, including joint efforts and coordination with various internal and external stakeholders. It is nevertheless a rewarding process as it ensures institution's transition from progress to quality, in terms of the implementation of the 40 principles of the Charter and Code.
For detailed information regarding the application process, please consult the technical guidelines below. Further questions should be addressed to the functional mailbox RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu
Download the Technical Guidelines for the Initial Phase (1.95 MB)
Once an institution makes a decision to endorse the C&C and apply for the "HR Excellence in Research Award", it must secure access to the HRS4R E-Tool.
In order to access the HRS4R E-Tool, interested institution need an organisation account on EURAXESS. Registration and membership are free of charge.
Organisation has to assign a contact person to be granted the role of HRS4R Organisation Administrator (Admin). Only this designated person will have access to the HRS4R E-tool to upload data and to be the interface with the European Commission, on behalf of the institution, regarding the HRS4R process.
1 Register an individual EURAXESS member account
If you do not already have an EURAXESS account, you can:
- Navigate to https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/
- Click on the “LOGIN/REGISTER” menu item
- Perform the steps under the “Create new account” section
After performing the steps, you will receive an email with a link to the EURAXESS portal where you have to complete a form.
2 Register an organisation
Once you have your individual member credentials, log in into the MY EURAXESS section and click the button ''I want to register an organisation''.
The details of the newly created organisation will be checked by the Help Desk to avoid duplicate registrations of the same institution. Once the organisation is approved, you will be informed by email and you can proceed with the next steps.
Normally registration requests are treated within the same working day.
3 Fill in the organisation profile details on EURAXESS
From MY EURAXESS dashboard, select from the left-hand side of the menu the section called "Organisation" and fill in the fields required.
Please note that in order to be granted the HRS4R Admin role, your organisation should be first registered as an EURAXESS member. The following rules also apply:
- The domain of your email must be in the URL of the organisation.
- Only one user per organisation can be granted the role.
Request the role of HRS4R Organisation Administrator using the button below:
The HRS4R designated admin for the organisation account on EURAXESS will access the MY EURAXESS dashboard, the HRS4R section, and by clicking on the yellow button "Create a case & apply for the HR Award" will be able to fill in the required tasks of this stage.
The letter should clearly express that the institution is committed to start the procedure and will undergo all subsequent cycles of the implementation phases.
The institution can use own text and format to draft the commitment letter, however the below elements should be considered as mandatory requirements:
- The letter should be written in English.
- The letter should be signed by the current highest management representative within the organisation.
- The letter should be recently dated (not older than 12 months before submission).
- The letter should clearly state both the endorsement of the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, as well as the commitment to implement the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).
The pdf version of the endorsement letter will have to be uploaded in the HRS4R E-TOOL and submitted to the European Commission for review.
After the receipt of the confirmation letter by the European Commission, the institution has 12 months to fill in the Gap Analysis, the OTM-R and the Action Plan templates in English in the HRS4R E-tool. Check/Download the templates and read the Technical Guidelines (1.95 MB) for more details. Should you encounter difficulties, please contact the functional mailbox: RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu.
After the successful submission of the "HR Excellence in Research" award application, the institution proceeds to the next level of the process, which consists of two separate steps: