Effort Commitments

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.

Extensive information including policies and guidelines, reference materials, contact information, glossaries, FAQs, demonstration videos, calendars, forms is available at: http://www.rsp.wisc.edu/effort/


Training and certification of effort is required!Consequences for Failing to Complete Training and Certify Effort
ECRT Request Guide for Effort Coordinators [PDF]


Training and certification of effort is required!

Why?

Effort certification is required by extramural sponsors including the federal government. A failure to certify effort correctly and in a timely manner could jeopardize the UW's federal research funding. To protect the interests of the UW and ensure compliance with federal policies, the university is instituting consequences for failing to certify effort and complete the training. Any faculty or academic staff member who fails to fulfill the appropriate responsibilities noted below may be the subject of disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, under university policies and procedures.

Responsibilities of a principal investigator with effort on sponsored projects

  • Completing the UW's effort training program
  • Certifying his or her effort in a timely manner, in accord with the UW certification calendar
  • Certifying effort for the graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and non-PI classified staff who work on his or her projects in a timely manner, in accord with the UW certification calendar

Responsibilities of a non-PI faculty or academic staff member with effort on sponsored projects

  • Completing the UW's effort training program
  • Certifying his or her effort in a timely manner, in accord with the UW certification calendar

Consequences for Failing to Complete Training and Certify Effort

Principal Investigators

The university will provide no support for extramural activities on behalf of principal investigators who do not fulfill their responsibilities. Specifically, the university will not:

  • Submit a grant proposal or other project application to sponsors for extramural projects
  • Process other documents such as material transfer agreements
  • Execute award agreements Establish accounts for spending extramural funds for new or continuing projects

Co-investigators, senior/key personnel or other faculty and academic staff 

The university will not submit a grant proposal or other project application that lists an individual who has not fulfilled the responsibilities listed above.