HR Excellence in Research Award

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On 14 January 2020, the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, a public research institution, endorsed the principles of the European Charter for Researchers (Charter) and the Code of Conduct for their Recruitment (Code). By this step we launched a process of applying for the HR Excellence in Research Award (HR Award). The Institute of Philosophy became a holder of the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award on 17 July 2021 and concurrently obtained the right to use the HR Award logo. The certificate known as the HR Award confirms institution’s ability to meet the European standards of human capital governance, openness and transparency of recruitment procedures, and favourable working environment for researchers.

For an institution and its employees, it represents:

  • Improved quality of human resources management and strategic support for career development;
  • Stimulating working environment that supports research excellence and innovation;
  • Increased prestige and visibility of the institution on national and international level;
  • Advantages in applying for financial resources from grants (e.g. Horizon Europe, TA ČR);
  • Internationalisation, openness, transparency, and attractiveness for foreign researchers.

The Institute of Philosophy of the CAS implements activities related to HR Award in 2020–2022 as part of a project ‘Development of Environment for Professional Growth of the Employees of the Institute of Philosophy of the CAS’ (reg. no. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_054/0014626), which is co-financed from the EU funds. Implementation of the principles of the Charter and the Code involves multi-level steps. In year 2020 our organisation underwent a process of self-assessment. Based on gathered input and opinions of employees, we prepared a gap analysis and an action plan for the following two years 2021-2022. After obtaining the HR Award, the Institute of Philosophy will follow the adopted action plan and implement a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).

The Working Group HRS4R is involved in the HR Award implementation process and is constituted of representatives of all departments, and researchers ranging from R1 to R4 level. The Working Group was also actively involved in the process of self-assessment of the organisation and will contribute to the implementation of strategic measures. It cooperates closely with the Steering Committee, which includes representatives of the Institute's top management, researchers and economic staff. The Steering Committee acts also as an advisory body.

This website provides up-to-date information on the progress of the HR Award process and related key documents.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact our HR team:

  • Petra Saláková-Zákostelecká, HR manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 221 183 213)
  • Petra Cabalová, HR Generalist (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 221 183 213)
  • Marie Kolárová, Training and Development Specialist (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 731 617 389)
  • Denisa Maková, HR Consultant for Foreign Researchers and Czech Researchers Abroad (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 221 183 213)

We welcome your involvement, your suggestions and ideas!


Project Schedule

2nd implementation phase (24 months from the award):      2021-2023

Implementation of the Action Plan (AP)                                      07/2021 - 06/2023

Internal evaluation                                                                        09/2022 - 11/2022

Revision of the Action Plan (RAP)                                               12/2022 - 02/2023

Comment procedure and approval of the revised AP                 03/2023 - 04/2023

Translation into English                                                                 05/2023

Sending the RAP to the European Commission                           06/2023
(Deadline 16 July 2023)

Implementation of the RAP                                      for the next 3 years 2023-2026

External evaluation by the European Commission                      in 2026


1st initial phase (12 months):                                                     2020-2021

Questionnaire survey                                                                   06/2020

Focus groups                                                                               07/2020 - 08/2020

Creation of the GAP                                                                   09/2020 - 10/2020

Establishment of the Action plan                                                11/2020 - 12/2020

Sending GAP + AP to the European Commission                      03/2021

Obtaining the HR Award certificate                                            07/2021


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