The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno is constantly working to improve the working conditions of researchers and, as proof of her efforts, committed to adhering to the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). On 4 December 2019, it sent a letter to the European Commission declaring its commitment, initiating steps to receive the Human Resources Excellence in Research Award (HR Award).

HR Award

The HR Award is an award given by the European Commission to research institutions that implement a human resources strategy for researchers. The individual principles commit the institutions to creating a working environment and setting up an internal culture that helps to build the European Research Area, creates space for the professional and career development of researchers and ensures transparent recruitment procedures. It sets out clear standards that researchers can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as the commitments and responsibilities of the researchers themselves.

HR AWARD details

Human resources strategy for researchers

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers also known as HRS4R) is a mechanism through which the European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure that institutions take concrete steps to improve working conditions for researchers across Europe.

Reasons for implementing HRS4R for FNUSA-ICRC

  • Better chances of obtaining funding for research from European and domestic programs to support research – benefits in the HORIZON 2020, TAČR, GAČR and other programs
  • Increasing international prestige and attractiveness
  • Improving the quality of care for human resources
  • Support of internal processes
  • The impetus for changes in inner culture
  • Connection with the pan-European network of research organizations

Benefits of HRS4R implementation for the researchers themselves

  • Creating the conditions for a more attractive career in research and development
  • Ensuring transparent recruitment and selection of new researchers
  • Professional development and retention of the best employees
  • Meeting the needs of researchers

Contact persons

Mgr. Silvia Vašulková – Senior HR Specialist


  1. PHASE – Initiation – year 2020
  • Stakeholder involvement (Supervisory Board, working groups, researchers)
  • Setting up working groups
  • Collecting data for GAP analysis, especially through a questionnaire survey, focus groups and in-depth interviews
  • Analysis of the current situation in FNUSA-ICRC in connection with the fulfillment of the principles stated in the Charter and the Code (GAP Analysis)
  • Preparation of the Action Plan according to the findings resulting from the GAP analysis (closing individual gaps to the principles set out in the Charter and the Code)
  • Submission of all documents that will be sent to the European Commission to the Supervisory Board
  • Sending the GAP Analysis, Action Plan and other documents to the European Commission