Research councils' Individual Merit Promotion (IMP)

The Individual Merit Promotion (IMP) scheme is the main route for senior scientific researchers, who have made, and who will continue to make, an outstanding personal contribution in their field, to gain promotion.

The research councils and other participating organisations are invited to make nominations annually for individual merit promotion. The scheme is currently administered by NERC.

Individual benefits to IMP members (PDF, 302KB)

IMP leaflet (PDF, 345KB)

IMP procedure (PDF, 273KB)

IMP process - Step by step (PDF, 239KB)

Nominations

If you are an employee of a participating organisation, and fulfil the criteria for the scheme, your organisation will have information about the timetable and process for submitting nominations to the IMP Team in NERC.

Invitations for nominations are sent out in June and the closing date is usually the beginning of September.

IMP submission form (Word, 49KB)

IMP submission guidance notes (PDF, 31KB)

Equal opportunities monitoring form (Word, 49KB)

IMP candidate guidance notes (PDF, 28KB)

Periodic review of individual merit promotion holders

If you are successful, you will continue to hold individual merit promotion as long as you continue to meet the criteria for the scheme, and continue to maintain the standards for which it was awarded. To ensure that the overall and individual standards of the scheme are being maintained, your IMP will be reviewed, within a maximum of five years from the initial promotion and at similar intervals afterwards.

Copies of the scheme documents are available below.

IMP periodic review submission form (Word, 49KB)

IMP periodic review guidance notes (PDF, 30KB)

2015-2016 successes

  • David Spurgeon, CEH, NERC - promoted to IMP3
  • Chris Evans, CEH, NERC - promoted to IMP3
  • Brian Ellison, STFC - promoted to IMP2
  • Chris Evans, STFC - promoted to IMP3
  • Paul Taylor, NHM - promoted to IMP3

Panel Membership 2016-2017

  • Professor David Fowler CBE FRS FRSE biogeochemistry, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Professor Mary Fowler, master at Darwin College, Cambridge
  • Professor Angela Hatton, Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Professor Graham Underwood, Essex University
  • Sir Tejinder S Virdee, Imperial College London
  • Professor Eric Wolff, Cambridge University
  • Professor John Zarnecki, professor of space science, The Open University
  • Mrs Deborah Wright (secretary), NERC Swindon

Panel members' career profiles (PDF, 524KB)

Case studies and timelines

Case studies and timelines of a number of successful IMP candidates are available.

Mentoring scheme

The aim of the mentoring scheme is to enable current IMP scientists to encourage and support those who are considering going for IMP within the next few years as well as those who consider it to be within their future career path.

Dates

2016-2017 round

Closing date - Monday, 3 October 2016
Shortlisting - Thursday, 17 November 2016
Interviews - 22, 23 March 2017

Contact

Deborah Wright
01793 442550