HR Excellence in Research Award


Now open - call for expressions of interest for additional peer reviewers to undertake the external reviews associated with the HR Excellence in Research Award, UK process. For more information and to apply see our call paper and application form. Applications and queries should be sent to

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Background to the Award

Development of the HR Excellence Award

HR Excellence in Research Award process

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The basics of HR Excellence in Research, including benefits and the 5 step process, are set out in this 2014 leaflet from the European Commission

"We are pleased to have received this recognition and will continue to support Europe-wide initiatives through involvement in policy development and its local implementation here in Cambridge." Professor Lynn Gladden, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Cambridge

"Our research staff are crucial to the success of the University. We have been working hard to ensure our researchers are supported in developing their skills and careers as well as engaging with cutting edge research. We are thrilled that this has been recognised by the European Commission." Professor Mary Bownes, Vice Principal, Research Training, University of Edinburgh

"The existence of the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award has helped to provide a focus and indeed a driver for this cross University activity." Paul Roberts, Assistant Director, University of Sussex

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How Vitae supports HR Excellence in Research Award applications and Award holders

UK Action plan

Latest updates

Upcoming Webinar: 4 year external review process: Thursday 10 March, 2:30. Email for details

Call for new peer reviewers for UK external review process paper and application form

Latest press release

January 23 event report, consultation and slides now available

The 2016 submission dates for those applying using the UK process will be Friday 25 March and Friday 28 October 2016.

January 2015 update

European certification for HR management of researchers proposal