SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
Individual Development Plans for NIH-Supported Graduate
Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Policy Statement
San Diego State University (SDSU) in compliance with the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) adopts this policy to support graduate
students and postdoctoral researchers in the achievement of their career goals.
The University supports and encourages career mentoring best practices, which
includes having a trainee construct an Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Reason for the Policy
A Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director
(ACD) recently completed a study of the future of the biomedical research
workforce in the United States (http://acd.od.nih.gov/bwf.htm).
The Working Group made recommendations to the ACD about funding and training of
graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to attract and retain the best
and most diverse scientists, engineers and physicians from around the world.
Following these recommendations, we call for Individual Development Plans
(IDPs) for all NIH-supported graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers.
Applicability of the Policy
This policy applies to all NIH-supported graduate students and
postdoctoral trainees at the University.
NIH encourages funded
institutions to have trainees develop Individual Development Plans (IDPs) as of
October 2014. Furthermore, the grantee institutes are to report the
implementation and use of IDPs on grant progress reports and document that IDPs
are used to manage the training for these individuals (NOT – OD – 13 – 093).
It is recommended that
all NIH–supported trainees/protégés prepare an IDP using My IDP at the
AAAS http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/ and meet with their mentor to discuss how
the goals of the IDP will be integrated into the training plan. Trainers /
mentors should encourage trainees to prepare and utilize an IDP for the
trainee/protégé and meet with the trainee/protégé to discuss the IDP in the
context of the ongoing training program.
Questions related to the individual career development plan
policy should be directed to the Vice President for Research / Dean of the