Effort Reporting Certification

Beginning with effort statements for the Spring 2013 / first-half of 2013 periods of performance, all campuses are required to use the online effort reporting tool - Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ecrt).

Access ecrt

Benefits of ecrt include:

  • No paper forms to sign and route
  • Just a few clicks to complete your effort certification
  • View even more information about your effort and sponsored awards:
    • Detailed payroll transactions
    • The dollar amounts behind the effort percentages
    • Staff charging effort to your awards
    • The amount of effort you committed to each award
  • Access your information anytime and anywhere you have Internet access—mobile devices too!

 

Quick Reference Guides for Certifiers at NetID Campuses

(Users at CNSE, University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University)

Tri-Fold Quick Reference Guide

Designed to be printed and folded in three, this guide includes instructions to log in to ecrt, certify effort, certify effort of research staff and certify effort as a restricted effort coordinator.

 

Quick Reference Guide

Designed for online viewing, this guide includes instructions to log in to ecrt, certify effort and certify effort of research staff.

 

Quick Reference Guides for Certifiers at Portal Campuses

(Users at all other campuses who will log in to ecrt using their RF website username and password)

Tri-Fold Quick Reference Guide

Designed to be printed and folded in three, this guide includes instructions to log in to ecrt, certify effort, certify effort of research staff and certify effort as a restricted effort coordinator.

 

Quick Reference Guide

Designed for online viewing, this guide includes instructions to log in to ecrt, certify effort and certify effort of research staff.

 

 

What is effort reporting?

Effort reporting is a federally-mandated process by which the salary and wages charged to a sponsored program are certified as being reasonable in relation to the actual work expended on that project.

 

Why do effort reporting?

The RF must ensure that effort expended on sponsored programs supports the salaries charged – and the cost sharing committed - to those awards. 

 

U.S. federal government requirements in Circular A-21 state that institutions receiving federal awards must maintain systems and processes that document the distribution of activity and associated payroll charges to each individual sponsored award. These requirements are included in the following OMB materials:

> Circular A-21, “Cost Principles for Educational Institutions,” Section J.10
> OMB Memoranda 01-06, “Clarification of OMB A-21 Treatment of Voluntary Uncommitted Cost Sharing and Tuition Remission Costs,” January 05, 2001


Who is Required to Certify Effort?

Effort Certification
Federal regulations require effort certification for anyone with salary charges that are reimbursed or cost shared to a federal or federal flow-through award. If you are responsible for certifying effort, you will receive an email notification to log in to ecrt at the start of your campus' certification period.

Whose effort is certified? Who certifies that effort?
Principal Investigators (PIs) PI or designated proxy certifier / restricted effort coordinator
Co-PI Co-PI or designated proxy certifier / restricted effort coordinator
Key / Senior Personnel Key / Senior Personnel or designated proxy certifier / restricted effort coordinator
Research Staff PI or designated proxy certifier / restricted effort coordinator

Questions?
Contact your campus effort reporting administrator or email effort@rfsuny.org