The European Seal of Approval "HR Excellence in Research" (HRS4R)

The institutions that make up Université Grenoble Alpes have begun the process to obtain the European procedure Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) label for their HR strategies.
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The HRS4R aims to improve the recruitment practices of research organisations and institutions in terms of the working environment of researchers. Awarded by the European Commission, the HRS4R label recognizes institutions committed to this approach and signatories to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment.

These two texts define in 40 points, on the one hand, the roles and responsibilities of researchers, professor-researchers and staff contributing to research activities, and, on the other hand, recommendations enabling their employers to improve working, training and recruitment conditions with a view to making scientific careers and the mobility of researchers more attractive.

Why obtain the HRS4R label?

By committing itself to this labeling process, UGA participates in the construction of the European Research Area and complies with the recommendations of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment.

Improving working conditions and attractiveness.

This approach is part of the continuous improvement process in the institutions and will contribute more broadly to the improvement of working conditions for all staff. It will also help to strengthen the attractiveness and international influence of UGA, particularly in terms of recruiting staff.

Indeed the HRS4R label identifies, on the European jobs portal Euraxess Jobs, institutions and organizations that offer a stimulating and favorable working environment for researchers.

An asset for European funding

Obtaining the label is also an asset for obtaining funding from Horizon 2020, the flagship program for funding research and development activities in Europe. Article 32 of the grant agreement for the Horizon 2020 actions requires beneficiaries to take measures for the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in terms of working conditions, recruitment processes and career development.

The main stages of the labeling process

To obtain the HRS4R label, UGA must commit to:
  • Conduct a review in relation to the 40 principles of the Charter and the Code
  • Identify the margins for progress
  • Build an action plan
  • Produce a report on the implementation of its HR strategy every three years
From the commitment letter to the application for the label, the HRS4R label should be obtained in the second half of 2020.

Download the step-by-step procedure guide.
Published on  February 5, 2020
Updated onMay 19, 2020