Personnel Effort Reporting

Personnel Effort Reporting policies and procedures ensure that Georgia State University complies with all applicable federal laws and regulations. They ensure that the effort expended on sponsored projects is appropriately documented and justifies the salaries charged to those projects. They also ensure Georgia State University can track faculty effort expended on research activities. Financial penalties and expenditure disallowances can occur if employees do not comply with this policy. All individuals involved in the effort certification process are expected to abide by the provisions of the Personnel Effort Reporting Policy and Procedures. All individuals, including faculty, are expected to understand these policies and procedures and be able to converse effectively to co-workers, sponsoring agencies, and auditors if necessary.

Training on Effort Reporting

Georgia State uses a web-based Effort Reporting System (ERS) that requires PIs and other key personnel to certify their effort on sponsored programs. Training is available both online (see online module linked above) and in a workshop format to anyone who works in the PERS system or must use this system to certify effort. Anyone wanting to take the in-class workshop must first take the online module in iCollege. To register for the online module in iCollege and the workshop contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson.

The online module along with the workshop are available for credit towards the Research Administrators Certificate. Contact the Assistant Director for Research Education & Training, Candice Ferguson, for more details.

Quick instructions on how to certify effort can be found in the Step-by-Step Guide for Certifiers and in the Certifying Effort Report Tutorial linked above.