In March 2005 the European Commission adopted the 2005/251 /EC Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The European Charter for Researchers specifies the roles, responsibilities and prerogatives of researchers and employers. The Charter and the Code contain 40 principles and general conditions.

On 3 January 2018 “An Action plan for the Development of Human Resources for Research, Development and Innovation and Gender equality in Research, Development and Innovation in the Czech Republic for the years 2018 – 2020“ was submitted to the Government by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, which approved it as a priority. The plan was developed as a part of implementation of the measures of National Policy of Research, Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic.

In line with 2016-2020 Long-term Plan, the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice has in November 2017 subscribed to the principles enshrined in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers. This is one of the first institutions in the Czech Republic to join more than 400 award-winning universities in Europe.

The aim is to obtain the HR Award, which is awarded by the European Commission to Research Institutions that implement HRS4R (The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers) strategy based on these principles. Obtaining the HR Award is addressed within the OP VVV project “Development of JU – Capacities for R&D“.

The main benefit of the implementation of HRS4R is to ensure that the relationship between the University of South Bohemia as an Employer and its Employees as Researchers contributes to successful work in the creation, transfer, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and technological development and to the development of the career of researchers.

Benefits of a University and Researcher Strategy:

  • Increasing university prestige and attractiveness for researchers – linking to a pan-European network of researchers and organizations, international attractiveness and visibility.
  • Acquisition of research funding (from European and national programs to support research) – preference in TACR, HORIZON 2020 and others.
  • Increased quality of care for human resources – positive changes in working culture.
  • Transparency and openness towards the public – increasing the number of students, increasing the interest of the young generation and the general public in science.
  • Creating conditions for a more sustainable and attractive career in R&D at the university, among others through:
    • Satisfying the needs of researchers and developing their professional growth – stimulating and favourable working environment
    • Ensuring transparent recruitment and selection and valuation.
    • Recognizing the experience of mobility in the public and private sectors.

Guideline – Our Steps

Within one year, the University of South Bohemia has to develop an internal Gap analysis that aims to compare current practice at the university with the Charter, Code and principles for recruitment of researchers, the so-called OTM-R manual. Apart from the GAP analysis, questionnaire survey and workshops with the focus group will be conducted. The whole process is aimed at meeting the above-mentioned principles.

Initiative phase  – 2018

Title steps


GAP Analysis


Questionnaire survey

Analysis of the "HR Award" - Qualitative part

Analysis of the "HR Award" - Quantitative part                  


Focus group


Action plan


Report GAP+AP to European Commission

by 30. 11. 2018

Final output

Gap analysis


Action plan

Implementation phase – 2019 – 2022

Title steps


Implementation steps AP

After obtaining HR Award

Interim assessment GAP and AP

2 years later  

External assessment by European Commission

5 years later  

Members of work group HR Award:

The activities of the working group and the fulfilment of the individual phases are supervised by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee, headed by the Rector doc. Tomáš Machula, Ph.D., Th.D., is composed of representatives of the management of the university and senior staff of the university.

Additional information

Bc. Olga Pokorná

Phone: +420 389 032 125

Mobil: +420 735 700 553







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