The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) consists of five phases:
1º Internal Analysis of the entity or Gap Analysis
to evaluate how institutions act with regard to the 40 principles for
the European Charter and Code for Researcher, and detect the gaps
between the organisation's strategy and the principles of the Charter
2º Publication of the Action Plan or the analysis results,
consisting of actions that the institution aims to develop, to comply
with the implementation of the principles of the European Charter and
Code for Researchers.
3º Excellence Award. The European Commission revises the Action Plan in order to award the
organisation. Once approved, the organisation publishes the Action Plan
and can use the logo HR.
4º Self-assessment. The organisation carries out
self-assessment within the 24 months following the obtention of the HR Excellence in Research Award to assess compliance
with the Action Plan and draft an updated plan.
5º External Evaluation.Institutions must implement actions proposed in the revised Action Plan within 3 years of completing the Self-evaluation. The evaluation is done in two stages: an internal revision, carried out
by the institution and evaluated by external experts, and an in-person
visit to the institution by these experts. The concession of the HR Excellence in Research award is renewed when the institution recieves positive feedback.