Absolutely yes. NIH policy now states that as of Oct. 1 2014,
NIH will begin to encourage grantees to report the use of those IDPs on the progress report, regardless of the type of NIH grant that is used for support…. Grantees are encouraged to report the use of IDPs in RPPR Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4 for all graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers reported in Section D. Participants or on a Statement of Appointment Form (PHS2271).
We anticipate failure to do this could well affect the priority score assigned to a grant.
We strongly recommend inclusion of language similar to the following:
“Stanford has a structured, systematic Individual Development Plan (IDP) program in place for all postdocs and all Bioscience PhD candidates. The IDP program was developed through extensive consultation with multiple groups of faculty, students and staff. Standardized IDP forms, specifically tailored to each stage of a trainee’s progress through graduate school and postdoctoral training, comprehensively assess each trainee’s academic, professional and career progress, and create a clear action plan toward achieving goals and milestones in those areas. The IDP forms for postdoctoral fellows have been in place at Stanford for several years; those for PhD candidates were “beta-tested” throughout 2013 and the final versions have been very well received by all stakeholders.
Stanford has instituted a policy requiring all Bioscience PhD candidates to annually update their IDPs and meet at least once annually with their advisors to discuss their progress, set professional development goals and develop action plans. The policy is supported by faculty, staff, curriculum, and resources specifically designated to assist trainees and faculty with their IDPs and professional development discussions. Stanford has implemented a tracking system to ensure every NIH-supported Bioscience PhD candidate completes an IDP and meets at least once annually to discuss it. The IDPs for postdoctoral fellows are currently strongly recommended and a proposal to require this by October, 2014, is currently being considered by the University leadership.”