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Sponsored Projects Administration

DEFINITIONS FOR PERSONNEL

MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM LEVELS OF COMMITTED EFFORT

The required minimum level of committed effort listed for a university Primary Individual is 2% on every sponsored project he or she is involved in (excluding project with 57001). Exceptions to this minimum level of effort are granted for equipment and instrumentation grants, doctoral dissertation grants, and augmentation grants.

The minimum level and the Primary Individual’s actual effort should be commensurate with his or her responsibilities on that sponsored project.

The maximum level of committed effort for a university Primary Individual who has effort commitments on sponsored projects is as follows:

PositionEffort Cap
Executive Leadership
(Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Institute Directors)
70%
Academic Leadership
(Department Chairs, Division Directors )
80%
Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty 90%
Non Tenure-track Faculty 95%

If a Primary Individual holds more than one position, his or her effort commitments will be limited to the lowest effort cap applicable to any of the positions. There are rare occasions for a Primary Individual to be appointed 100% on sponsored projects. These occasions are rare because the Primary Individual generally performs other activities whose costs are not allowable under OMB A-21.

Exceptions to these minimum and maximum levels require review, approval and signatures by the faculty member, the faculty member's department chair and the respective dean.