What is effort reporting?
Effort reporting is the process of confirming that an employee's payroll distribution reflects a reasonable estimate of the employee's actual effort on all institutional activities. It assures a sponsor that 1) the sponsor only paid for the amount of effort that directly benefited the project and 2) the employee met his or her effort commitment to the project. Effort reporting is also the method for recording personnel expenses that are being used to meet a match/cost share requirement. The University of Nevada, Reno utilizes a web-based program, Effort Reporting System (ERS), to review and certify effort.
The Office of Sponsored Projects offers online, video and in-person training in effort reporting.
If you have questions about effort reporting, or would like to schedule a training session, please contact:
Research Compliance Program Manager
Links to effort reporting tools and information:
- Link to the Effort Reporting System (ERS)
- Effort Reporting FAQs
- Principal Investigator Responsibilities for Effort Reporting
- Important Dates and Deadlines for Effort Reporting
- Effort reporting presentation slides
- ERS screenshots demonstrating role assignment, pre-reviewing, cost transfers, cost sharing, and certifying.
- Instructions on how to work with salary caps
- Salary cap calculations spreadsheet
- UNR Effort Reporting Policy
- Effort Reporting Video Tutorial Series