The European Commission awards the HR Excellence in Research badge to institutions which abide by the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Commission puts great emphasis on the promotion and dissemination of research results and provision of career advice for doctoral students. One of the necessary conditions for the award of the badge is continual development. Specialized trainings on knowledge transfer and commercialization of research results as well as support for mobility of researchers are also required.
Major benefits of having the HR Excellence in Research badge are stronger University recognition in the European Research Area and enhanced attractiveness of the University as a partner in international projects due to extra points awarded in the process of assessment of applications for funding under the Horizon 2020 programme. On the national level, the benefits include the fact that the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is likely to take account of the badge in the process of benchmarking of research organizations, accreditation and competitions managed by the National Center for Research and Development and the National Science Center. Ranking operators also take this distinction into considerations.