Office of Sponsored Programs / Resources / Frequently Asked Questions
What is Effort Reporting?
Why do Effort Reporting?
Can salary be charged to an award in excess of the effort applied/certified in a given reporting period?
What is compensation?
What is Institutional Base Salary (IBS)?
How do Hours Worked and Effort relate?
What is the difference between payroll or labor distributions, effort reports (PARs), and effort certification?
What happens when there is a change in personnel status or effort on sponsored awards?
Who can certify an effort report (PAR)?
How often do effort reports have to be certified?
What type of PAR will I receive?
Do I have to keep an exact record of my effort?
Should uncommitted cost sharing be certified?
How is Extra Service Pay, overload pay or bonuses accounted for?
Can I record 100% effort on a sponsored award or combination of awards?
Can my charged effort be 0% on an active award where I am the Principal Investigator?
What is my minimum effort threshold?
Can I incur travel expenses on a grant but not certify effort if I didn't work on the project during that effort period?
What is committed effort?
What is cost sharing?
What is voluntary uncommitted cost sharing?
What is mandatory or voluntary committed cost sharing?
Who are Key Personnel?
What can happen if I don’t certify my effort correctly or in a timely fashion?
What does marking YES on a PAR mean?
What does marking NO on a PAR mean?
When are Retro(active) PARs initiated?
How are notices of Non-Compliance in returning a PAR handled?
What should I do if I am separating from the university—leaving university employment?
How should Summer Effort - Salary for faculty with 9-month academic appointments be handled?
How should Research Extended Appointments effort be handled?
Can effort for Research Faculty (and Post doctoral Associates) with a 12-Month appointment be 100% sponsor funded?
What if I didn’t get a PAR and I worked on sponsored awards during the effort reporting period?
My sponsor has a salary cap or program limitations imposed on my annual rate of salary, how does that affect my cost sharing and/or effort?
What do federal auditors look for when reviewing effort reports (PAR)?
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