HR Excellence in Research

Karolinska Institutet has received the European Commission acknowledgement HR Excellence in Research, an award that indicates that KI is an employer with a stimulating and favourable working environment. The award also acknowledges a university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures and to their continuous development.

HR4SR Photo: Euraxess


In 2005 the European Commission put forward a recommendation regarding the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The aim was to strengthen European research, to support and structure the EU's research policy and to establish an attractive, open and sustainable labour market for researchers. 

The European Charter & Code consists of 40 principles and 4 thematic areas:

  • Ethical principles and professional responsibility
  • Recruitment
  • Working Conditions
  • Training

The Human Resourses Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a tool for implementing the principles of the Charter & Code. The HR certification 'HR Excellence in Research' can be awarded by the EU Commission following a thorough analysis of the employer’s work to meet the intentions of the Charter.

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The process of HRS4R

The HRS4R process at Karolinska Institutet

With the help of HRS4R, Karolinska Institutet has adopted the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The HRS4R application involved a range of researchers as well as administrative staff and management. An approval of the application will award the university "HR Excellence in Research".