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Effort Reporting at UTHealth

Effort Reporting at UTHealth

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.

Effective December 26, 2014, OMB Circular A-21 was replaced by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance), 2 CFR Part 200. Like Circular A-21, the Uniform Guidance requires an after-the-fact review of charges made to Federal awards that were based on budget estimates. At UTHealth, this required after-the-fact review is carried out through the effort reporting process described on this website.

What is ECRT?

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Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ecrt®) is a web-based system that integrates financial, payroll, and research administrative functions and is designed to enhance compliance management, improve financial information for academic units through comprehensive reporting, and significantly reduce the administrative burden of the effort reporting process.

Note: ecrt® is available 24/7 from any computer with an Internet connection.

Who is required to certify effort?

All faculty and PI’s who receive sponsored project funding or commit effort to any sponsored projects are required to certify their own effort.

Principal investigators are required to certify the effort of postdocs, graduate students and staff funded by their grants.

More information on Roles & Responsibilities can be found here:


In addition to the Reference Guides, FAQs, and Additional Resources located within this website, if you have questions about the effort certification process, please contact us at