Principal Investigator Training


Faculty and staff are required to certify effort according to the federal government Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21, section J.10.

The materials on this page will help principal investigators (PIs) and other staff required to certify effort for federal and federal flow-through sponsored programs understand effort reporting and how to use the Research Foundation’s (RF) effort reporting electronic tool—Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ecrt).

Effort Reporting Essentials for PIs

Overview of the effort reporting process, including: Who must certify, why effort is certified, what effort is and how that effort is certified.


Introduction to Effort Reporting Tool Video (approx. 12 min.)

Demonstrates the RF’s new effort reporting electronic tool—ecrt. The video includes navigating the tool, understanding the electronic effort statement and tools available to understand the data used to create the effort statement.

See alsoGuidance document with screenshots

Certify My Effort Video (approx. 4 min.)

Demonstrates how to certify an effort statement for an individual who is responsible for certifying their own effort.

See also"How To" document

Certify My Effort and the Effort of My Staff Video (approx. 6 min)

Demonstrates how to certify effort statements for PIs that are responsible for certifying the effort of staff.

See also"How To" document

Effort Statement Statuses

The effort statement status names that are used by ecrt.

Glossary of Terms

Common effort reporting terms and their definitions.



Contact your campus effort reporting administrator or email