The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

In March 2005 the European Commission adopted the Recommendation (2005/251 /EC) on ‘The European Charter for Researchers’ and ‘The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) specifying the set of principles for an improved research system. The implementation of the C&C in research institutions and funding organizations is supported by The Human resources strategy for researchers (HRS4R).

Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) declared the commitment of the VRI to C&C on August 03, 2020, to implement those principles. The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organizations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ is a mechanism that supports the active implementation of the ‘Charter & Code’ by research institutions. Implemented voluntarily, it is as simple as possible to avoid cumbersome procedures and to recognize the variety of situations across institutions. In September 2020 started the long-term process revealing the Gaps in 40 principles of the C&C. Based on the discussions with researchers of all levels, administrative and technical staff, the Gap Analysis and the Action Plan for the upcoming 4 years was prepared. Implementing the strategy is one way to demonstrate that the VRI creates a supportive environment for researchers. The whole process was overseen by the Steering Committee. The representatives of the researchers at all levels, administrative and technical staff established the Working Group, in which members actively, voluntarily, and responsibly participated in the Gap Analysis Process and Action Plan conceiving. 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.  

HRS4R procedure chart and HRS4R in figures

Case Number: 2020CZ548069

Current Task: Gap Analysis, OTMR & Action Plan: Redesign

C&C Endorsement: Commitment Letter

Endorsement Letter Submitted Date of Submission: Mon, 03/08/2020

 C&C Endorsement: Confirmation of Endorsement Letter

Accepted Date: Wed, 05/08/2020

 Gap Analysis, OTMR & Action Plan: Design

Submitted Date: Thu, 15/07/2021

Gap Analysis, OTMR & Action Plan: Administrative Eligibility

Accepted Date: Sat, 17/07/2021

Initial Assessment & Granting

Pending major revisions Date: Thu, 09/12/2021

Integrating the comments of the evaluation committee members - revision of the HR Award application Current task: Gap Analysis, OTMR and Action Plan: Update 12/2021 – 02/2022

Submit revised application for final review

Submission: Wed, 26/04/2022

Over the first two years, we will progressively meet the goals we set in our Action Plan. The whole process will be again controlled by the Steering Committee and of course, the Working Group and the Research Controlling Group, which again consists of representatives of all levels of research. After two years, we will review the Action Plan and after the next three years, independent experts to assess whether we meet the prerequisites for HR Excellence in Research will visit VRI. The award will either be defended or withdrawn.

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