Office of Sponsored Research
Time and Effort Certification
Welcome to the UT Tyler effort reporting website. Effort reporting is a process mandated by the federal government to verify that direct labor charges to, or cost shared on, sponsored projects are accurate, timely, and reflect the actual level of work performed.
This site provides both general information on effort concepts as well as specific information on effort reporting and certification procedures. Please use the sidebar on the left-hand side to navigate the different sections of this website.
ECRT (Effort Certification and Reporting Technology)
ECRT (Effort Certification and Reporting Technology) is a new effort reporting system that supports the requirements of the federal government and the additional requirements of The University of Texas System (UT System), which were adopted in 2008. This new system is web-based and will replace the existing labor intensive paper system. ECRT will also employ various features to ensure that calculations are correct and other conditions are met before certification is possible.
Suitable Means of Verification Required
Every PI that certifies effort must be able to provide a suitable means of verifying time and effort on a grant. A suitable means of verification can include (but is not limited to) items such as calendars, time sheets or schedules, emails, minutes from meetings, periodic reports, etc. This documentation should be maintained as required by the UT Tyler Records Retention Schedule and the Grant Sponsor.
Note: ECRT is available 24/7 from any computer with an Internet connection.