MENDELU is the first Czech university which received HR Excellence in Research Award


Mendel University in Brno was awarded the prestigious HR Award in the field of human resources as the first Czech university. According to Rector of Mendel University in Brno, Danuše Nerudová, this certificate can attract even more foreign scientists and researchers to come to our university. This award also increases the overall prestige of the Mendel University in Brno.


Process information about the obtaining HR Award

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 prepared 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 (AP) 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.


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   October 5, 2018
Implementation phase   2018 – 2023
Implementation of HRS4R according to the Action Plan   from October 2018
HR Excellence in Research Award   November 13, 2018
Internal evaluation of the HRS4R implementation   November 13, 2020
Implementation of HRS4R according to the revised Action Plan   from November 2020
External evaluation by the European Commission   3 years after internal evaluation


Members of HR Award Working Group

Ass. Prof. Ing. Mgr. Jitka Janová, Ph.D.     Vice-Rector for Quality and HR Management
Ass. Prof. Ing. Hana Středová, Ph.D.   Representative of the Faculty of AgriSciences 
Mgr. Ondřej Mocek, Ph.D.   Representative of the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies
Bc. Vít Janiš, BA (Hons), MSc, Ph.D.   Representative of the Faculty of Business and Economics
Ing. Eliška Rampáčková
  Representative of the Faculty of Horticulture
Ing. Jakub Drimaj   Representative of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
Bc. Martin Brandstätter, DiS.   Representative of the Institute of Lifelong Learning
Mgr. Renata Denková   Human Resources Specialist
Ing. Tereza Ondráčková   Human Resources Specialist


The activities of the Working Group and the implementing of individual phases are supervised by the Steering Committee, headed by the Rector of Mendel University, prof. Ing. Danuše Nerudová, Ph.D., and consisting of University management and senior University professional staff.


For more information on HRS4R please contact:

Renata Denková    Tereza Ondráčková
Human Resources Specialist   Human Resources Specialist
Tel: +420 773 741 158   Tel.: +420 770 153 601



The implementation of HRS4R takes place within the framework of the OP RDE Project The Development of Research and Development Capacities at Mendel University in Brno CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_028/0006175, whose Key Activity 1 is to set up the strategic management of a research organisation in accordance with the conditions for obtaining the HR Award. The Project has been in progress since 1 March 2018 under the leadership of Vice-Rector Vojtěch Adam; the guarantor of Key Activity 1 is Vice-Rector Jitka Janová.

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements that clarify the role, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that relations between researchers and employers contribute to success in the development, transfer, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and technical development and in the development of researchers’ careers. The Charter also acknowledges the value of all forms of mobility that are used to improve work development of researchers. In this regard, the Charter provides a framework for researchers, employers and investors, which encourages them to responsible professional activities in their working environment and to mutual recognition. The Charter is intended for all researchers in the European Union at all levels of career.


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