Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – HRS4R




The award of the HRS4R identifies the research institutions and organizations supporting a favorable and boosted work environment.





The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. Its implementation will render these institutions more attractive to researchers looking for a new destination.


HRS4R culminates in the recognition of human resources excellence in research by the European Commission for institutions that have made progress in adapting their human resources policies to the principles set out in the Charter & Code. Acknowledged institutions have the right to use the logo on their websites and other communication channels and are listed here.


Since the 1st of January 2017, a new, more demanding procedure has been in place, in which institutions apply to the European Commission for this award. One of the key points of the procedure is that it places a lot of emphasis on the need for institutions to make progress towards the principles of Open, Transparent, Merit-based Recruitment.


The European Commission also provides a series of templates to ensure that all the information necessary is gathered by the institutions that implement the Strategy.


For more information on the main stages and characteristics of this procedure:

Main phases of the HRS4R Process

Key elements of the new procedure