USC Office of Compliance

Effort Reporting Policy

Faculty and research staff are responsible for reporting and certifying percentage effort charged to a sponsored project in a timely manner. Certification includes making corrections and adjustments if there are differences between estimates and actual effort. All twelve-month faculty and exempt employees must certify their effort quarterly, while all nine-month faculty must certify their effort once each semester.

Non-exempt staff effort is certified bi-weekly via the university’s time keeping systems. The principal investigator is responsible for confirming that the faculty and staff members working on the sponsored project have certified promptly and that the time and effort charged appear reasonable.