Effort Reporting and Certification

Certifying Effort for Federally-Sponsored Agreements

What is effort reporting?

  • Effort reporting is the federally-mandated process by which the salary charged to a sponsored project is certified as being reasonable in relation to the effort expended on that project.

Why do effort reporting?

  • The federal government requires effort reporting.  Effort reports constitute one of the primary auditable documents to support salary costs on a sponsored project.

Who is required to certify effort?

  • All professional staff, classified staff, and faculty members who receive wages from any federally sponsored project are required to certify their own effort.
  • Principal investigators are required to certify the effort of graduate students and undergrad students funded by their grants.


  • Post-Review is the review process that the principal investigator will do for all employees funded by their grants.


  • Step by Step Manual
  • Training Video (to come)
  • Individual or group training can be scheduled by calling the RSP office at 650-3220.

Questions or Technical Issues


Page Updated 11.13.2017