MENDELU is the first Czech university which received HR Award


Mendel University in Brno was the first Czech university which received the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award (HR Award) from the European Commission for excellence in the care of human resources in a scientific environment. 

On 6 October 2017, Mendel University in Brno subscribed to the principles enshrined in the European Charter for Researchers and in the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The aim of the University was to obtain the HR AWARD Certificate, which is awarded by the European Commission to research institutions that implement the HRS4R Strategy (The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers) based on the above principles.

The University developed an internal GAP analysis aimed to compare current practice at the University with the Charter and the Code; at the same time, an Action Plan for the process of implementing the measures aimed at satisfying the principles enshrined in the Charter and in the Code was prepared. The GAP analysis included a questionnaire survey among university staff.

We are currently implementing the revised action plan that resulted from the internal evaluation of HRS4R implementation in 2020.


Benefits of HRS4R implementation for the University and researchers

  • Increasing University prestige and attractiveness for researchers.

  • Linking to a pan-European network of research organisations.

  • International attractivity and visibility.

  • Obtaining funds for research from European and national research supporting programmes - advantages in the TAČR programs, HORIZON 2020 and others.

  • Improving the quality of care for human resources.

  • Creating conditions for a more attractive career in research and development at the University.

  • Ensuring transparent recruitment and selection of new researchers.

  • Acknowledgement of experience from mobilities in the public and private sectors.

  • Development of professional growth of researchers.



Initiation phase  


year 2018

GAP analysis


completed in June 2018

Questionnaire survey


took place in June 2018

Action Plan


completed in August 2018

Sending GAP analysis and AP to European Commission


5 October, 2018




Implementation phase


2018 – 2023

Implementation of HRS4R according to the Action Plan


from October 2018

HR Excellence in Research Award


13 November, 2018

Internal evaluation of the HRS4R implementation


13 November, 2020

Implementation of HRS4R according to the revised Action Plan


from November 2020

External evaluation by the European Commission


February 2024


For more information on HR AWARD contact:

Renata Denková    Tereza Ondráčková
Head of the HR Development Department   Human Resources Specialist
Tel: +420 773 741 158   Tel.: +420 770 153 601