Federal regulations require an “after-the-fact” effort reporting system for all personnel paid from sponsored projects funds. All salary and wages charged to the grant or contract must be certified that the time and effort was expended in support of the funded project.
Certification of Effort reports are generated quarterly indicating the percentage of effort spent on the funded project. Hours worked on the sponsored project for the designated quarter must be filled in and signed by the employee or an official having first-hand knowledge of the work performed.
The report(s) should be returned to OSP. OSP retains these reports until they are needed during an audit.