Conducting Effort Reporting

Effort reporting is a federally mandated process in which the funding allotted to a federally sponsored research project is certified as being reasonable in relation to the effort expended on that project.

In accordance with federal regulations, Rush University requires all researchers and staff who work on projects supported by federal agencies to verify that the time they have charged to these sponsored projects is accurate. This verification will be made on a timely basis by the principal investigator or an individual with firsthand knowledge of the PI’s research activities.

Verifications will be reported as an after-the-fact percentage of the overall research effort. All individuals involved in effort reporting should be aware that severe penalties and funding disallowances may result from inaccurate, incomplete or untimely effort reporting.

Additional Resources & Support

Basic science researchers in the Departments of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Microbial Pathogens & Immunity, Physiology and Neurology can access additional support through Rush’s Research Administration Shared Services (RASS). Researchers in all other areas can work with their department’s Research Administrative staff for these services instead.

RASS services

Services include the following:

  • Facilitating effort reporting, effort certification, cost reconciliation, labor distributions and cost-transfer efforts to support accurate accounting and compliance with government regulations
  • Supporting audits and site visits

Contact us

Research Administration Shared Services

Kristin Moody
Associate Vice President, Basic & Translational Science Operations