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Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

As one of the first technical universities in Germany, TU Berlin is implementing the European initiative "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) and is committed to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code).

With this initiative, TU Berlin aims to ensure that the requirements of the European Commission, adopted in 2005, are met, thereby not only attracting the best researchers within and outside the European Research Area. Researchers at all career levels should be able to find the best possible conditions to pursue outstanding further education and excellent research and teaching in accordance with their respective career level.



Current phase

After successfully completing the initial phase and receiving the "HR Excellence in Research" seal, TU Berlin is currently in the 2-year implementation phase.

Latest News

July 2023 – Awarded with the "HR Excellence in Research" seal
After the revision with minor changes and the final review by the European Commission, TU Berlin was awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" seal on 24.07.2023. The comprehensive gap analysis, action plan and all other documents now meet all requirements for the award. The award reflects TU Berlin's commitment to continuously improve its HR policy in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
TU Berlin is now in the two-year implementation phase, during which the current Action Plan will be implemented. In summer 2025, the renewed assessment by the European Commission will take place.

April 2023 Status after Content Assessment
The European Commission assessed the uploaded contents of the templates (Process, Gap-Analysis, OTM-R Checklist, Action Plan) and comes to the conclusion that the first application broadly meets the criteria but minor modifications are necessary.

January 2023 - Status of the Initial Assessment
The European Commission has confirmed that the application meets the formal criteria and has initiated the content assessment! Within the next three months, the extent to which specifications/adjustments to the action plan are necessary will now be examined.

November 2022 - Application for the "HR Excellence in Research" seal
After the Steering Committee, the Presidential Board and the Structural Commission officially approved the application for the seal, the Academic Senate also approved the application. On 10.11.2022, the contents of the previously created templates (Process, Gap-Analysis, OTM-R Checklist, Action Plan) will be uploaded to the European Commission's e-tool. News on the review process will be available here.

September 2022 - Staff Week
In the framework of ENHANCE, the project with its focus on a holistic empirical-analytical view was presented at the Staff Week on HRD from 27.09.-29.09. at the Technical University of Berlin. The international exchange was very helpful and stimulating.

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Mareike Bentzien

Commissioner for the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

Action Plan

As a result of the reflection on the OTM-R Checklist and the derivation from the deficits identified by means of the GAP-Analysis, an Action Plan was created. This Action Plan is decisive for the implementation phase of HRS4R.

Project Information

1. The 4 thematic fields of "Charta & Code"

The 40 principles of the European Charter and Code of Conduct are assigned to four thematic areas:

    1. Ethical & Professional Aspects
    (e.g. ethical principles, accountability, contractual and legal obligations, commitment to society, dissemination and exploitation of results, appraisal systems)
    2. Recruitment procedures
    (e.g. selection, transparency, recognition of mobility)
    3. General working conditions
    (e.g. stability and permanence of employment, funding and salaries, gender balance, work-life balance)
    4. Career and further education
    (e.g. supervision, further training)


2. Process

With the Endorsement Letter, TU Berlin committed to the principles and requirements of the European Commission in November 2021. The requirement to involve a wide range of stakeholders involved in staff recruitment and development was met through the formation of a steering committee to oversee and advise the process. The different career levels of the researchers (R1-R4) were taken into account through meetings with representatives of these career stages. In addition, problem areas, deficits and the need for action were identified, discussed and documented as a GAP-Analysis by four working groups corresponding to the thematic fields of HRS4R.

3. OTM-R Checklist

In a second step, the GAP-Analysis was supplemented by the OTM-R Checklist from HRS4R. In this checklist, all processes related to recruitment (R) are checked for openness (O), transparency (T) and meritocracy (M) on the basis of 23 aspects.

4. Action Plan

Download Action Plan

5. For further information

All subsequent HRS4R project steps can be found here:

Procedure Chart (Euraxess):

Further information: