NIH promotes concept of Individual Development Plans for all Trainees

Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH  explains the recent history of this concept at NIH.  NIH

encourages grantees to develop an institutional policy requiring an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoc supported by any NIH grant, regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support. -“
  • Currently, IT APPEARS THAT the NIH has no plans for requiring such a plan, but it should be clear that Training Programs such as T32 are on notice that they should implement them.
  • IT APPEARS There is no provision in this notion for dealing with the fact that “post-doc” is a loose concept, and that unless you are listed as a post-doc on a T32, there is no (useful) operational meaning of the word “post-doc”.

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