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Policy: Research Office

UD Individual Development Plan (IDP)

University of Delaware IDP policy
The University of Delaware requires Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to be completed for graduate students and postdocs funded by NIH (regardless of funding mechanism) each year. The use of IDPs for all graduate students and postdocs is encouraged as a means for professional development and career planning. Additionally, other funding agencies are beginning to request IDPs.

PIs of NIH grants must report on the use of IDPs in their annual Research Progress Performance Report (RPPR) in Section B. Accomplishments, Question B.4. PIs do not need to include actual IDPs; they need to document that graduate students and postdocs funded by the award use IDPs and discuss them with their mentors on an annual basis. Below is suggested wording for inclusion in the RPPR. PIs should modify the text as needed to accurately reflect their activities in encouraging their trainees to develop and utilize IDPs.

The University of Delaware (UD) requires all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by funding from the NIH to formulate and use Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to plan their academic and career goals and to facilitate conversations with their mentors about these goals. UD also recommends that all graduate student and postdoctoral researchers formulate IDPs, regardless of their funding source.

The University of Delaware provides a number of resources to support graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and mentors with IDPs. UD recommends that graduate student and postdoctoral researchers utilize “myIDP” provided by AAAS to create and maintain their IDPs. Additional resources for students, postdoctoral fellows, mentors and PIs are available on the University of Delaware website. IDP activity for University of Delaware researchers is tracked in UD’s online IDP reporting system, which maintains privacy of trainees but allows mentors and PIs to monitor IDP-related activities.

Related Links

AAAS “myIDP” Individual Development Planning Tool
UD IDP Assessment Form


Policy Details:

OWNER: Research Office


ORIGINATION DATE: December 14, 2015

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Phone: (302) 831-2792

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Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-2136
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