NIH has strongly urged all institutions to implement a policy requiring an IDP for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher supported by NIH. The UNMC Graduate Council voted in September 2013 to establish the following requirements:
Each UNMC graduate student is required to complete an IDP. Most UNMC programs recommend use of myIDP. Contact your Graduate Program Director to confirm exactly which IDP tool/format is recommended.
- New students (beginning fall 2013): New students must complete an IDP by the end of their first year of study.
- Current students: For reporting purposes (see below), and because of the benefits gained by the student as s/he completes the process, the Graduate Studies Office strongly recommends that all graduate students complete an IDP during the current academic year (2013-2014).
- All students: The IDP should be considered a living, evolving document. It should be revisited annually in order to update the information, evaluate progress toward career goals, and establish new goals for the coming year. The updated IDP should represent one component of the student’s Annual Evaluation & Progress Report (currently being phased-in as a replacement for the Portfolio).
- Students: Each student is strongly encouraged to discuss the IDP with his/her mentor. Moreover, each student must submit the IDP Summary to his/her Graduate Program Director. (If using myIDP, an IDP Summary can be generated in PDF format as the last step of completing the online process. Similar documentation should be provided if the Graduate Program recommends a different IDP tool/format.)
- Graduate Programs: Notify the Graduate Studies Office upon receipt of each student’s IDP Summary. These documents should be maintained in the student’s file in the program office. (Eventually, IDP completion will be documented in Seguidor; however, this mechanism is not yet available.)
- NIH grantees: Investigators receiving NIH support (regardless of funding mechanism) should report the use of IDPs in the Research Performance Progress Report (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). The report should outline current practices that document that IDPs are used to help manage the training for those individuals. Investigators are not required to submit the actual IDPs in progress reports to NIH.