Tools & Resources

Tools for Postdocs

Postdoc Training Curriculum

Summary of OPF Resources and Programs for Inclusion in Grant Submission (Word document)

OPF Lending Library

Postdoc Annual Planning Tool (IDP)
- The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a mentoring tool that links research goals with career development and progress towards independence. It is meant to foster an ongoing and recurring discussion that involves evaluation, goal setting and feedback with input from both postdoc and PI. While the NIH encourages the use of IDPs for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NIH awards, HMS supports its implementation for all postdoctoral fellows, regardless of funding source. The IDP template that is linked here provides an open framework that can facilitate an annual planning meeting between the postdoc and PI that addresses research and professional progress. This document should be filled out by both parties beforehand and discussed during the meeting.

myIDP from Science Careers
- myIDP is an online tool for helping you create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). myIDP allows for self-assessment to (a) evaluate career options, (b) customize a professional networking strategy to learn more about top-choice careers, (c) engage mentors in career-related discussions, and (d) implement strategies for how to set goals tailored to skills development and career advancement needs

NIH "Rigor and Transparency in Research" Policy
- This is a new NIH policy announced in October 2015, with implementation starting January, 2016. The policy applies to most research grant proposals (mechanisms R, P, U, K). Rigor and Transparency must be addressed in Progress Reports (RPPR), due after January 25, 2016. (Section B - Accomplishments). It will apply to institutional training grants and fellowships (T, F, & K12) in FY17. It does not apply to equipment or conference grants.  See the Rigor & Reproducibility policy site for policy details and implementation requirements.
HMS resources for Rigor and Transparency in Research

 Tools for Faculty

Postdoc Training Curriculum

Summary of OPF Resources and Programs for Inclusion in Grant Submission

TEMPLATE for NIH Research Performance Progress Report, Section B.4 "Training and Professional Development/Individual Development Plans"

Postdoc Annual Planning Tool
- The IDP template that is linked here provides an open framework that can facilitate an annual planning meeting between the postdoc and PI that addresses research and professional progress. This document should be filled out by both parties beforehand and discussed during the meeting.

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Employee)

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Stipendee)

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Direct Pay)

NIH "Rigor and Transparency in Research" Policy
- This is a new NIH policy announced in October 2015, with implementation starting January, 2016. The policy applies to most research grant proposals (mechanisms R, P, U, K). Rigor and Transparency must be addressed in Progress Reports (RPPR), due after January 25, 2016. (Section B - Accomplishments). It will apply to institutional training grants and fellowships (T, F, & K12) in FY17. It does not apply to equipment or conference grants.  See the Rigor & Reproducibility policy site for policy details and implementation requirements. 

Tools for Administrators

Postdoc Training Curriculum

Summary of OPF Resources and Programs for Inclusion in Grant Submission

TEMPLATE for NIH Research Performance Progress Report, Section B.4 "Training and Professional Development/Individual Development Plans"

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Employee)

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Stipendee)

Sample/Template Offer Letter (Direct Pay) 

How postdoc benefits are handled upon exit/termination (with exception of vacation payout and Harvard-sponsored retirement). 

Reports & Articles of Interest
(The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and and opinions of the OPF or Harvard Medical School.)

AAMC - "Compact Between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors: A framework for aligning the graduate student mentor-mentee relationship" (January 2017)

The Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report

"Improving Graduate Education to Support a Branching Career Pipeline: Recommendations Based on a Survey of Doctoral Students in the Basic Biomedical Sciences"

"What Do I Want to Be with My PhD? The Roles of Personal Values and Structural Dynamics in Shaping the Career Interests of Recent Biomedical Science PhD Graduates"

"Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws"

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