HRS4R - "HR Excellence in Research" label

Since March 2015, by becoming the 1st French university to receive the"HR Excellence in Research" label from the European Commission, the University of Montpellier has been deploying aHuman Resources Strategy for Researchers(Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, orHRS4R) that reflects its commitment to evolving its practices and moving closer to the recommendations of theEuropean Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers(C&C). These two documents, adopted in 2005 by the European Commission (EC), aim to promote research careers in Europe.  


For several years now, the UM has been implementing its human resources strategy for research, also known as HRS4R, an acronym for Human Resources Strategy for Researchers. Part of the institutional strategy, HRS4R aims to support research and promote excellence in human resources for research by fostering good working conditions, open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R), and career support. 

- download the initial file : human resources strategy for research  


HRS4R is a quality approach, based on the principle of continuous improvement, for which UM has set up regular monitoring (with self-assessment and updating of the action plan at mid-term and at the end of the cycle). Awarded for an initial period of 5 years, the label is renewable in 3-year cycles. In March 2017, a mid-termmid-term self-assessmentwas positively evaluated by the European Commission and led to the revision of theaction planA real asset when it comes to obtaining funding, particularly European funding, this certification helps secure the European funding received by the UM (Article 18 in Horizon Europe) and gives the establishment greater visibility and attractiveness both nationally and internationally. 


During 2020, the UM carried out an end-of-cycle self-evaluation, based on collective reflection and cross-directional work, which led to the emergence of a new action plan for the 2020-2023 period. The elements of the renewal dossier, approved by the Board of Directors on December 14, 2020 and validated in June 2021 by three experts from the European Commission, include: 

  1. HRS4R 2020 assessment report  
  2. 2017-2019 HRS4R Plan completion status  
  3. The UM OTM-R Charter 
  4. Revised HRS4R action plan 2020-2023  

Following an evaluation and on-site audit in June 2021, the European Commission's assessors have given a favorable opinion on the University of Montpellier's application for renewal of its European "HR Excellence in Research" label. UM has thus renewed its label of excellence for a three-year cycle (until 2024).  

This decision reinforces the Human Resources for Research strategy(HRS4R) deployed by UM since 2015, which aims to support research professions by improving support for researchers in their careers, promoting their working conditions and mobility in the European area while strengthening the attractiveness of the University.  

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