HRS4R Management System


To EU Research Centers and Institutions

The key aim of the EU inititative named Human Resources Strategy for Researches (HRS4R) is to make research careers in Europe more attractive, not just to EU researchers, but also to highly skilled people from overseas.

The Strategy supports the implementation of a Charter and Code, which aim to give individual researchers the same rights, wherever they work in Europe – something which should encourage greater mobility:

  • The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsabilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers. The goal is to ensure that everyone contributes to the production and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.
  • The Code of Conduct for Recruitment seeks to improve recruitment practices by making selection procedures as transparent and as fair as possible. In addition, it proposes that merit should not just be measured on numbers of publications, issues such as management and teaching experience must also be considered.

European Comission DG Research and Innovation. Teresa Bertamino’s Presentation 2015

HR Excelence Logo

To promote the implementation of the Charter and Code, the European Commission has developed the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo, which recognises institutions that are committed to improving their recruitment practices. Institutions can use the logo on their websites and in promotional material.

The logo tells researchers that an institution is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process, and that it takes diversity seriously. It also shows that practical support is available to help with relocation and career development.

Moving countries for work is a big step – the logo therefore offers an outward sign that should give a researcher confidence that they are making a move to an institution that cares about their career and well-being.


Flexibility and Adaptability

The Strategy is also flexible as it recognises that institutions are different and operate in a variety of national contexts. It offers a transparent approach that provides easily accessible public information about the activities of participating institutions.

Implementation of HRS4R is:

‣ purely voluntary and respects the autonomy of each institution;

‣ based on an internal self-assessment;

‣ straightforward, offering a ‘light touch’ in terms of administration and procedures.

Lenkua Value Proposal

  • Helping in internal gap analysis by institution, involving key institutional stakeholders including researchers
  • Advising in development and publication of institutional HR strategy for researchers and action plan in response to gaps identified
  • Managing the action plan on behalf of the institution
  • Internal Audit of implementation after two years
  • Encouraging external analysis (peer review)

Key Benefits

  • Accuracy and reliability in the project deployment
  • Large experience in similar projects
  • Cost saving in process
  • Time saving in process

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