"HR Excellence in Research" Accreditation

In December 2021, the Institut Pasteur gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission and has embarked on a process of continuous improvement regarding recruitment and working conditions for scientists, while strengthening its attractiveness at the international level.


The Institut Pasteur’s commitment

In December 2021, the Institut Pasteur was granted the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, marking the start of a first phase in the implementation of an action plan which was reviewed by the European Commission in December 2023.

The implementation of this first action plan and the identification of new strategic priorities at the Institut Pasteur, which remain in line with the requirements of the new European Charter for Researchers, have led to the development of a revised action plan for 2024-2026 based on five key areas:

  • Research ethics
  • Interactions between science and society 
  • Recruitment and employability
  • Working conditions
  • Research management and training

Developing a policy for open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R)

In connection with the EU's HR Strategy for Researchers, the Institut Pasteur is committed to pursuing a policy for open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R). The aim of the policy is to ensure that all researchers looking to move to a new research position (R1 to R4 researchers under the EU definition) understand the Institut Pasteur's internal recruitment policy, which complies with the following rules:

  • Open: vacancies are published widely and applications are processed fairly, in line with the principle of non-discrimination
  • Transparent: the recruitment procedure must be simple and clear, and all applicants must be kept informed throughout the process (both positive and negative feedback)
  • Merit-based: the merits of the applicant are evaluated using clearly weighted, objective selection criteria and on the basis of their skills

An effective recruitment procedure is key to promoting excellence in research at the Institut Pasteur and boosting its profile with both early career and experienced scientists.

The OTM-R recruitment policy for researchers (R3 and R4) is currently being implemented (see "Related documents" section). The OTM-R policy for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows (R1 and R2) is currently being developed. It is a key priority in the revised 2024-2026 HRS4R action plan.

What is HR Excellence in Research award ?

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HR Excellence in Research accreditation is issued by the European Commission to research organizations implementing the European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) by applying the 40 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

The European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers is part of a process aimed at continually improving scientists’ working and recruitment conditions and seeks to promote mobility and careers for scientists. 

Through its commitment to adopting the principles of the Charter and Code, the Institut Pasteur is fully supporting efforts to build a European Research Area (ERA), which aims to establish a coherent, concerted European research policy based on scientific excellence, competitiveness, innovation and cooperation.

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