Mendel University in Brno was the first Czech university which received the prestigious HR Excellence in Research 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 (Charter and the Code)The aim of the University was to obtain the certificate, which is awarded by the European Commission to research institutions that implement the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) based on the above principles. 


In 2018, we prepared an internal GAP analysis to compare the current practice at the University with the Charter and the Code, and at the same time prepared an action plan for the implementation of measures aimed at fulfilling the principles enshrined in the Charter and the Code. 


Currently, the university has already completed the second phase of HRS4R implementation, is continuing with another three-year action plan and is awaiting the physical visit of the European Commission assessors who will assess the level of implementation and decide whether we can keep the award for the next period.


The European Charter for Researchers was revised in 2023. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers was incorporated into the Charter.


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 first Action Plan


2018 - 2020

HR Excellence in Research Award


13 November, 2018

Internal evaluation of the first phase of HRS4R implementation


13 November, 2020

Implementation of HRS4R according to the seccond Action Plan


2021 - 2023

Internal evaluation of the seccond phase of HRS4R implementation


26 February, 2024

External evaluation by the European Commission


Q2 2024

Implementation of HRS4R according to the third Action Plan


2024 - 2026



HRS4R coordinators:

Renata Denková, Head of the HR Development Department, tel. +420 773 741 158, e-mail:

Tereza Ondráčková, HR Specialist, tel. +420 770 153 601, e-mail: