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NIH now encourages institutions to assist graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to achieve their career goals within the biomedical research workforce through the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs).


This new policy was announced in Notice NOT-OD-13-093NIH Encourages Institutions to Develop Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers. Additionally, beginning October 1, 2014, "annual progress reports are required to include a description of whether the institution uses IDPs or not and how they are employed to help manage the training and career development of those individuals" (see NOT-OD-14-113).


Resources on IDPs and mentoring can be found at these sites

myIDP: A Career Planning Tool for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Individual Development Plans (National Institute of General Medical Sciences)

NIH Individual Training & Development Plan (IDP), see the Printable Individual Development Plan

Mentorship Matters for the Biomedical Workforce (Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH)

Postdoctoral Career Core Competencies (National Postdoctoral Association)

Mentoring Plans for Postdoctoral Scholars (National Postdoctoral Association)

Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows (FASEB)

Postdoc Research and Career Progress: Annual Review (FASEB)