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Effort Reporting

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:

Michele Dondanville
Research Compliance Program Manager
(775) 784-6360

Links to effort reporting tools and information:

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