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.
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.
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.
- Ute Skiba, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, NERC - promoted to IMP3
- Adrian Jenkins, British Antarctic Survey, NERC - promoted to IMP3
- Zerina Johanson, Natural History Museum - promoted to IMP3
- Phil Stevenson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - promoted to IMP3
- David Smith, Science & Technology Facilities Council - promoted to IMP3
- Shinji Machida, Science & Technology Facilities Council - promoted to IMP3
- Dan Faircloth, Science & Technology Facilities Council - promoted to IMP3
Panel Membership 2017-2018
- Professor David Fowler CBE FRS FRSE biogeochemistry
- Professor Mary Fowler, master at Darwin College, Cambridge
- Professor Matthew Griffin, Cardiff University
- Professor Angela Hatton, National Oceanography Centre
- Professor Josephine Pemberton, University of Edinburgh
- Professor Graham Underwood, Essex University
- Sir Tejinder S Virdee, Imperial College London
- Professor Eric Wolff, Cambridge University
- Mrs Deborah Wright (secretary), NERC Swindon
Case studies and timelines
Case studies and timelines of a number of successful IMP candidates are available.
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.
Closing date - Monday, 2 October 2017
Shortlisting - Thursday, 23 November 2017
Interviews - 21, 22 March 2018