HRS4R - "HR Excellence in Research" label

Since March 2015, by becoming the first French university to receive the"HR Excellence in Research" label from the European Commission, the University of Montpellier has been implementing ahuman resources strategy for research(Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, orHRS4R) that reflects its commitment to evolve its practices and to come closer to the recommendations of theEuropean Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers(C&C). These two texts, adopted in 2005 by the European Commission (EC), aim to promote the research profession in Europe.  


For several years, the UM has been implementing its Human Resources Strategy for Research (HRS4R ). Part of the institutional strategy, HRS4R aims to support research and promote excellence in human resources for research by promoting good working conditions, open, transparent, 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 the 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 planThis certification is a real asset for obtaining funding, particularly European funding, and helps to secure the European funding received by the UM (Article 18 in Horizon Europe) and gives the institution increased visibility and attractiveness on a national and international level. 


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 period 2020-2023. 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. The reportHRS4R2020 
  2. Status of the planHRS4R2017-2019 
  3. The UM OTM-R Charter 
  4. The action planHRS4Rréscrewé for theéperiod 2020-2023 

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

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

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