Individual Development Plan

Updated:Mar 19,2015

Please note, this document will be created using the http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/ website.

AHA requires the use of myIDP’s online assessment tool to create your Individual Development Plan (IDP). An IDP is a professional development tool that can help predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows and early career investigators identify professional development needs and career objectives. The process of self-assessment that is the basis of your IDP SHOULD BE STARTED WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE AHA APPLICATION DEADLINE. Also allow time to discuss your IDP with your sponsor/mentor, as s/he will be asked to address it in the Sponsor’s Training Plan.

To begin your IDP, go to http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/. Create an account, and complete assessments of your skills, interests and values; career exploration; goal setting and implementation plans.

Once completed, use the left column navigation to go to My IDP Summary. Click the “Print My IDP” tab, and select the following sections ONLY:

  • Personal Information
  • Mentoring Team
  • Career Exploration Progress 
  • Career Goals
    • Plan A
    • Plan B
  • Career Advancement Goals
  • Project Completion Goals
  • Goals Summary

Click the “Show Report” button. Save the document as a PDF on your computer and name it “Individual Development Plan”. Upload the IDP into your application in Grants@Heart under the Science/Evaluation Information section.