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The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is the mechanism through which the European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure that concrete steps are put in place by institutions to enhance working conditions for researchers across Europe as set out in the European Charter and Code.

The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The strategy encompasses a 5 step implementation process for gaining EC recognition for commitment to implementation of the European Charter and Code principles: the HR Excellece Award.

The concrete implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions aims at rendering them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.


HR Award

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.

During 2017, UCM Endorsed the Principles of the Charter and Code and committed itself to implementing the HRS4R at the institution. A Gap Analysis was performed and an Action Plan designed, which shall start be developed from mid 2018 on.

In August 2018, UCM obtained the HR Excellence award, and started the implementation of the Action Plan.

See HRS4R at UCM.