European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers supports research performing and funding institutions in the implementation of the Charter and Code for Researchers in their policies and practices, in order to enhance employment conditions for researchers and establish research as a profession.

Any institution employing or financing researchers can participate in the Human Resources Strategy (e.g. universities, private institutions, research centres etc.).

Participants should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Participants should be employers or give financial support to researchers or corresponding umbrella organisations of the above mentioned institutions.
  • Participating organisations and institutions have to be fully committed. They should already have signed the Charter and Code or be willing to do so.
  • In addition, the participants have to follow five steps to implement the Human Resources Strategy:
  1. An internal gap analysis by the participating institution, involving all key aspects to compare policies and practices against the Charter and Code principles;
  2. Development of an internal Human Resources Strategy which should include a concrete action plan based on the results of the analysis, which is to be made public;
  3. Analysis and acknowledgement by the European Commission and permission to use the HR Excellence in Research logo;
  4. Self-assessment of the progress in the implementation of the action plan after 2 years;
  5. External evaluation by the European Commission 5 years after the granting of the initial award, then continuously every 3 years

The logo HR Excellence in Research will increase the visibility of the institution and will help to attract excellent researchers. It ensures fair and transparent recruitment procedures, as well as a positive and stimulating working environment.

In Germany the following 16 institutions are acknowledged and received the HR logo:

  • Brandenburg University of Applied Science (UAS)
  • Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • FH Münster University of Applied Sciences
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)
  • Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
  • Technische Hochschule Köln - University of Applied Sciences
  • The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
  • University of Greifswald
  • University of Potsdam
  • University of Siegen
  • University of Tübingen (incl. Faculty of Medicine)
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
  • Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden e.V.
  • Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (IFO)
  • University of Cologne

The German Rectors Conference (HRK) supports the HR Strategy and recommends their members to participate for the purpose of securing the quality of human resources management.

In February 2016 draft guidelines for a "strengthened" HR strategy were published, describing some changes in the HRS4R implementation process. The implementation procedure was shortened and mandatory timeframes for all steps were introduced. International, external experts now will assess the applications from the beginning. This strengthened process will apply for all institutions entering the implementation process after 01 January 2017.