The European Union’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers or HRS4R aims to improve HR researcher recruitment practices and researchers’ working environment across the EU. 

In 2005, the European Commission adopted the European Charter for Researchers, which establishes a set of principles on the roles, responsibilities, and duties of researchers, employers, and funding organizations, and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment, concerning researcher recruitment. 

The HRS4R is based on 40 principles pertaining to researcher careers and mobility as defined in the European Research Charter and the Code of Conduct for researcher recruitment. These are divided into 4 areas: 

  • Ethical principles and professional responsibilities
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Working environment and social protections
  • Training

Research institutions that demonstrate commitment to the ongoing improvement of their HR strategy receive the “HR Excellence in Research” label.

This process unfolds over three phases:

Undertaking the HRS4R process enables research institutions to become more attractive to international researchers, to secure European Union financing, and ensure the development and valorization of their researchers’ careers. 

INED officially initiated the HRS4R process in April 2022 with a letter of commitment to following the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment.

After evaluating its own practices in relation to European Commission recommendations (a process known as gap analysis), INED has committed to undertaking a set of measures and actions—what is known as an action plan—that will be scheduled and carried out over a two-year period.   

see the Institute’s gap analysis

see the Institute’s action plan