NIH revised policy on requirement of IDPs for Grads and Postdocs in annual progress reports

Dear Colleagues:

NIH has posted a revision to the policy requiring the inclusion of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers in annual progress reports.  Please read the below email summary for more details, and redistribute as appropriate.

Thank you and have a great labor day weekend!

Greg Ruth
Communications Manager

Office of Research



From: UC Contracts & Grants Officer/Research Administrators [mailto:UCRAO-L@LISTSERV.UCOP.EDU] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Warner
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 11:35 AM
Subject: NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices for August 08, 2014 (The NIH Guide TOC)


Dear Colleagues,


NOT-OD-14-113 – Revised Policy: Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports beginning October 1, 2014


The purpose of this Guide Notice is to revise the policy announced in NOT-OD-13-093, issued on July 23, 2013.  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.


NIH progress reports using the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) must include a report on the use of IDPs in Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4.  Actual IDPs should not be included.  Instead, grantees will report on whether they use IDPs for all the graduate students and postdoctoral researchers included in Section D. list of Participants.    The use of IDPs as well as the manner in which IDPs are used is expected to be determined by the awardee institution, but the RPPR will include a brief description of how and whether IDPs are used to help manage the career development of students and postdocs associated with that award.   A similar response is required for all T, F, K, R25, R13, D43 and other awards or award components designed to provide training and professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Reminder, the RPPR is currently required for all type 5 progress reports submitted using a Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP), and will be required for all non-SNAP progress reports submitted on/after October 17, 2014 (see NOT-OD-13-035 and NOT-OD-14-092).




Jeff Warner

Research Policy Analyst
Research Policy Analysis and Coordination

University of California, Office of the President

1111 Franklin St. 11th Floor, 11210C

Oakland, CA 94607




Scroll to Top