In June 2016, the University of Sarajevo officially endorsed the initiative of the European Commission and the recommendations given in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. For the purpose of applying for the "HR Excellence in Research Award" the University of Sarajevo performed a comprehensive Gap Analysis on activities and practices at the University within the four focal areas of the Charter & Code (Ethical and Professional Aspects, Recruitment and Selection, Working Conditions and Social Security, Training and Development) and created an Action Plan with actions focused on improvements in the areas of identified weaknesses and limitations.
In June 2018, the Senate of the University of Sarajevo endorsed the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) along with its Action Plan and submitted its application. In January 2019, the University of Sarajevo was awarded the logo “HR Excellence in Research” which additionally strengthened its commitment to providing a fair and inspiring research environment for its researchers.
For the purpose of the interim assessment of the HRS4R process, by the beginning of 2021, the University of Sarajevo conducted the analysis and evaluation of the Action Plan implementation, and revised it in accordance with the findings of the analysis. Starting from February 2021, the revised Action Plan foresees continuation of actions towards implementation of the HRS4R Strategy during the following 36 months, as well as close monitoring of the quality of implementation of the activities and the progress compared to the set of indicators adopted within the revised Action Plan.