What is effort reporting?
Effort reporting is the mechanism used to confirm that salaries and wages charged to each sponsored agreement are reasonable in relation to the actual work performed. 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.
Please use the links below to get more information on effort reporting (including a video tutorial series), using ERS, important dates, and instructions on sponsored project payroll cost transfers.
The Office of Sponsored Projects offers monthly effort reporting training sessions as well as individual trainings.
If you have questions about effort reporting or would like to register for a training, please contact:
Research Compliance Program Manager
Links to effort reporting tools and information:
- Link to the Effort Reporting System (ERS)
- Effort Reporting Training Schedule
- Effort Reporting System screenshots and instructions
- Payroll cost transfers on sponsored projects
- Principal Investigator Responsibilities for Effort Reporting
- Important Dates and Deadlines for Effort Reporting
- Effort reporting presentation slides
- Working with salary caps
- UNR Effort Reporting Policy
- Effort Reporting Video Tutorial Series