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Effort Reporting

Welcome to the Drexel University Office of Research's Effort Reporting webpage. This webpage and its related links are designed to educate and facilitate compliance with the Federal, as well as the University’s requirements, policies and procedures related to Effort Reporting on sponsored projects.

The purpose of effort reporting is to provide a reasonable basis for distributing salary charges among direct activities (e.g., sponsored projects (including Clinical Trials) and non-sponsored activities such as instruction, administration, and clinical activity).

  1. Effort reporting is a method for documenting activity expended in support of all sponsored projects. Mainly, this is done within a web-based effort reporting system (ERS).
  2. OMB Circular A-21 requires that the University document the distribution of activity to each individual sponsored project
    1. It is Drexel University’s policy to comply with OMB Circular A-21 requirements for certifying time spent working on sponsored projects. Therefore, Drexel University faculty and staff are required to follow this Effort Reporting Policy.
  3. The method for documenting must:
    1. Reasonably reflect the activity for which an individual is paid by the University
    2. Reflect all of these activities performed by the individual
    3. Include after-the-fact confirmation to ensure that initial salary charges reasonably approximate actual effort
    4. Be performed by the individual or a responsible individual who has a “suitable means of verification that the work was performed”

Effort Reporting Presentation

If, after consulting the materials provided on this webpage, you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Office of Research – Financial Compliance.