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HR Excellence in Research

The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) was launched by the European Commission in order to support the implementation of the principles and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers.

The principles of the Charter and Code specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. The overarching aim is to develop an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.

HR Excellence in Research

In June 2015, DkIT was awarded the right to use the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo by the European Commission. This significant award was achieved by participating in and successfully completing the HRS4R process, which involves the following steps:

  • Completion of an internal Gap Analysis involving all key players, to compare policies and practices against the Charter and Code principles
  • Based on the results of the Gap Analysis, DKIT developed its own HR Strategy for Researchers, which included a concrete public action plan
  • The Gap Analysis and action plan were reviewed and acknowledged by the European Commission, granting DkIT the right to use the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo
  • Progress in the implementation of the strategy and action plan is subjected to a self-assessment after 2 years - see documentation below: 

DkIT Gap Analysis     DkIT Action Plan


One major priority area for the institute, and in line with its strategic plan, is the support of both emerging and established researchers. As a result DKIT has developed the Research Career Framework so as to:

  • Ensure DKIT remains competitive in securing external research funding
  • Ensure DKIT is able to attract top-quality researchers
  • Implement its obligations under the EU Charter for Researchers
  • Support researchers through a structured career development programme which supports their professional development
  • Support the principal investigators and the development of their research staff

Pre-Review Self-Assessment Form