HR Excellence in Research

General information

Granting HR Excellence in Research Award aims to increase the number of researchers in the EU and improve the attractiveness of their working conditions. The European Commission supports institutions implementing the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers by organizing meetings and discussions with the institutions involved. Moreover, it promotes such institutions among international organizations and researchers as those that provide the best working conditions and development opportunities.

Having HR Excellence in Research Award is rewarded, among others, in international EC grant competitions (such as Horizon Europe), the national grant competitions NCN and NCBiR and competitions and funding science programs run by Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The award for the university means prestige and distinction as an institution which creates the best working conditions for researchers and provides adequate space for the development of science, in accordance with European standards.


  • The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers. The Charter also recognizes the value of all forms of mobility as a means for enhancing the professional development of researchers.
  • The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements should ensure observance of values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, and are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers. Institutions and employers adhering to the Code of Conduct will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable way and to provide fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.