Individual development plans (IDPs) provide a structure for the identification and timely, focused achievement of career goals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) strongly encourages institutions to develop and use IDPs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NIH awards. NIH annual progress reports received on/after October 1, 2014 must now include a description of whether the institution uses IDPs and how they are employed to facilitate managing the training and career development of trainees. Following new NIH guidelines, MSTP developed an online IDP administered centrally by the MSTP office for our trainees. IDP updates will be required bi-annually of all MSTP trainees. Compliance with the completion of an annual IDP will be monitored by the MSTP office. Please complete all sections and use your IDP as a template for discussions with your mentors.