Effort Certification & Training
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.
This webpage is a resource for our university's Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, and other Primary Individuals responsible for sponsored research projects. It is also for the staff Effort Contacts who assist them.
What does an Effort Contact do for PIs? (Video)
ECS Timeline Spring 2019 (PDF)
Refer to the introductory statement at the top of this page, to the Required Compliance Module, and to the Effort Procedures sections below.
- How PIs or Co-PIs certify their own effort
- How a PI certifies the project team's effort
- How to certify cost shared effort
- How to create a proactive variance (Day 22 onward)
- How to request post-certification correction
- How are the effort estimates generated
Effort Certification Training
Faculty, staff, and administrators involved in the effort certification process should complete an on-line training module covering Effort Certification.
Effort Certification on sponsored projects is a significant compliance risk facing The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as well as all other institutions of The University of Texas System (UT System). As a result, UT System implemented governing policy in the form of UTS163 – Guidance on Effort Reporting Policies. One requirement of UTS163 is the establishment of an education and training program on Effort Certification. To meet this requirement UT Austin designed an Effort Certification Training module (CW 520 Effort Certification Training) to provide the following:
- An introduction to Effort and Effort Certification
- An understanding of the importance of Effort Certification
- An understanding of Committed Effort
- Effort Certification examples
All individuals who have access to UT Austin’s on-line Effort Certification System (ECS) should take the training module.
The training module should take between 30-45 minutes to complete and once started must be completed. Upon conclusion of the module, each individual must take a mandatory test comprised of 12 questions. A passing grade of 75% will be required in order to receive credit for completion of this module.
Should you have questions or issues with the training, contact the Office of Sponsored Projects – Sponsored Projects Award Administration at 512-471-6231 and ask for the Effort Certification Training Coordinator, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Effort Certification
- Required Compliance Modules
- CW 520 Effort Certification Training (information only) (PDF) (PowerPoint)
- CW 520 Effort Certification Training (for credit, with required exam)
- Required PDFs
- University of Texas Effort Procedures Announcement
- Tuition Remission Regulation, Policies, and Procedures
To learn more about allowable sponsored tuition, visit our Tuition Remission page.