Effort Certification and Reporting

Updated: August 17th, 2015

Effort must be reported and certified for all individuals who receive salary support from a sponsored project or who expend committed effort on a sponsored project regardless of receiving salary support from the sponsor.

Effort Reporting is our means of providing assurance to sponsors that:

  • Salaries charged to sponsored projects are reasonable in relation to the work performed, and
  • Faculty and staff have met their commitments to sponsored projects.

Success in the effort realm depends on careful attention to important issues throughout the sponsored projects lifecycle.

Effort Certification: Getting Started

University of Wisconsin-Madison Policies and Guidelines

The Basics of Effort Reporting

  • Effort Certification 101: What you really, really need to know about Effort Certification - Powerpoint
  • The Top Ten Things You Should Know Today about Effort on Sponsored Projects - Powerpoint

For Effort Coordinators

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Background Information

Questions? Send an e-mail to effort@rsp.wisc.edu