Individual Development Plans (NIH)

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-13-093, NIH 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: