HR Excellence in Research

On December 4, 2017 the European Commission awarded the HR Excellence in Research logo to the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, acknowledging that the Institute provides a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers. The Institute owes its place among the elite European research institutions with this prestigious award to its human resources policy based on the rules and procedures of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The HR Excellence in Research logo certifies that the Institute endeavours to be a friendly workplace for researchers, allowing them to function freely within the European Research Area. The Award is perceived as useful for European funding. It is a competitive advantage in international grant competitions of the EC (such as Horizon 2020), national grant competitions of the National Science Centre and the National Centre for Research and Development, competitions and funding programs of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Other benefits for research institutions that have the HR Excellence in Research Award are:

  • prestige and recognition of the Institute as an institution creating the best working conditions for research in accordance with European standards;
  • increased attractiveness of the institution as an employer providing a friendly environment for research activity and respecting transparent rules in the recruitment process;
  • additional points at the parametric assessment of research units by the Committee for Evaluation of Scientific Research Institutions.

Granting the logo is an initiative of the European Commission within the framework of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, aimed to enhance working conditions for researchers across the EU. This activity is to attract researchers to work in European institutions. The EC supports institutions which implement principles of the European Charter and Code and promotes them among the international organizations and scientists as such which provide the best conditions for research and career development. To gain permission to use the HR Excellence in Research logo an institution must fulfil stringent conditions and go through the standardized assessment procedure. The institution must express its support for the principles set out in the Charter and the Code, and carry out an internal gap analysis to find out whether its human resource policy is consistent with these principles. Next, following conclusions from the internal analysis it has to prepare the HR strategy and action plan in the indicated areas. These documents are sent for assessment to the European Commission. Once the strategy is approved by the Commission, an institution can use the HR Excellence in Research logo. After two years the institution has to carry out a self-assessment to assess the progress in implementing the Chart and Code principles and update their action plan. After four years an external evaluation by the EU reviewers takes place. Retaining the right to use the logo depends on the evaluation results.