Individual Development Plan

2013: NIH has posted a Notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts announcing that NIH encourages grantees to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral fellow supported by any NIH grant, regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support. IDPs are a useful tool to help graduate students and postdocs identify their career goals and what they need to accomplish to achieve those goals. The IDP process also can facilitate communication between faculty mentors and their trainees. To begin this process please go to the following sites developed by FASEB:

a) A free, online resources on the Science website, called myIDP . This tool is written specifically for scientists to help them understand their skills, values and interests and how those align with potential career choices.

b) A model IDP, developed by FASEB, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, at