CSU Policy: NIH Required Individual Development Plans

Policy Title: NIH Required Individual Development Plans Category: Research
Owner: Vice President for Research Policy ID#: 7-2001-011
Vice President for Research
Web: https://vprnet.research.colostate.edu/vpr/
Email: vpr_research_information@Mail.Colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-7194
Original Effective Date: 9/26/2014
Last Major Revision: 2/10/2015
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On July 23rd, 2013 the National Institutes of Health issued NOT-OD-13-093 encouraging
universities to develop an institutional policy by October 1, 2014 requiring that an Individual
Development Plan (IDP) be implemented for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher
funded by the NIH (including scholars, trainees and fellows, and individuals in other postdoctoral
positions). The IDP’s should be broadly implemented regardless of NIH funding type and shall be
reported in all progress reports submitted on/after October 1, 2014, using the Research
Performance Progress Report (RPPR) as stated in the revised NIH policy released August 4th,
2014 NOT-OD-14-113. This revision states that “NIH annual progress reports received on/after
October 1, 2014 must include a section to describe how individual development plans (IDPs) are
used to identify and promote the career goals of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
associated with the award.”

Individual Development Plans

IDP’s are written plans outlining mentees interests, skills, abilities, and goals towards the purpose
of aligning them with, and defining their career objectives. IDPs should be shared with mentors,
who can guide trainees toward experiences that would support their career goals.

Colorado State University IDP Policy

Colorado State University requires that all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
supported by any NIH funding have an IDP to reference in progress reports submitted on/after
October 1, 2014. Grantees shall report on the usage of IDP’s annually in the RPPR as outlined in
NOT-OD-14-113. IDP’s do not need to be submitted to the NIH or CSU, but shall remain on
record with the trainee and mentor.


Tools and information on developing an individualized IDP are available at:
American Association for the Advancement of Science/Science Careers

National Postdoctoral Association

University of Minnesota


If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Carolyn Broccardo Ph.D., Responsible
Conduct of Research Coordinator, RICRO.


Approved by: Alan Rudolph, Vice President for Research 9/26/2014


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