Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Effort Reporting

Each year, UMass Boston receives millions of dollars from organizations, including the federal government, which sponsor research and other university activities. As the stewards of these funds, it is our obligation to comply with federal and university requirements to certify faculty and staff effort on sponsored projects. 

ECRT is an electronic reporting tool for providing a sponsoring agency with assurance that salaries charged to a sponsored project are appropriate and reflect a reasonable estimation of the actual time spent towards the project (relative to the individual’s total activities performed for the university).  

All effort must be certified in ECRT in order to be in compliance. Failure to propose, manage, and certify effort properly could jeopardize the university's sponsored funding and lead to penalties for the university and sanctions for the individual.

If there are any questions regarding the effort reporting process or the ECRT system, please email ORSP.  

Click here to log in to the ECRT system to complete your certifications.