Effort Reporting



Harvard University has deployed the web-based system, ecrt, to serve as the new tool to facilitate the effort certification and reporting process.  Harvard’s previous process – which consisted of paper forms – will no longer be used.  

To access ecrt, click on the icon below:

At Harvard, there are two types of effort certifications: The ecrt system is designed to help comply with the provisions of Harvard’s effort reporting policy, federal policy (Uniform Guidance, Subpart E - Cost Principles §200.430), NIH Salary Limitation on Grants, and other relevant agency policies that govern the need to provide certification of an individual's effort pursuant to his/her sponsored and non-sponsored programs.  Please direct any questions to the ecrt help desk: ecrt@harvard.edu.  

  • Annual Faculty Effort Certifications:  Harvard PIs/faculty and other academic appointees who have effort on federal awards certify their salary (including academic-year, supplemental and summer) on an annual basis (July 1-June 30).  
  • Quarterly Project Effort Certifications:  Federal projects with non-faculty salary charges are certified by the project PI on a quarterly basis.  The quarterly certifications cover July-September, October-December, January-March, and April-June. 

Important Dates

  • September 6, 2017 - FY17 Annual Effort and Q4 Project Certification Review Period Opens
  • September 27, 2017  - FY17 Annual Effort and Q4 Project Certification Period Opens
  • October 26, 2017  - FY17 Annual Effort and Q4 Project Certification Due

In general, the certification window begins within a month after its corresponding period of performance.  Each time a certification window begins, there are 30 calendar days to certify the effort.  

Due dates, reporting periods, and certification periods for annual and quarterly effort certifications for FY17

Top 10 Things About Effort Reporting


Policy & Procedures

  • Harvard University Effort Reporting Policy 
    Adherence to this policy is required for all effort related to federally sponsored grants and contracts as well as any non-federal awards where the sponsor requires effort reporting and/or salary certification.



Designee Approval Form - A designee approval form is required when a PI delegates Quarterly Project Effort Certification responsibility to another individual with first-hand knowledge of  the PI's sponsored award.  Designee requests must be approved by the Tub Effort Coordinator.

Proxy Approval Form - A proxy approval form is required if a faculty member is unable to sign his/her own Annual Faculty Effort Certification.  Proxy requests must be approved by the school's Tub Effort Coordinator and the authorized approver in OSP.  


Job Aids & Resources

  • ecrt Certifier Experience Job Aid- New!
    Provides effort coordinators with system views and flows encountered by certifiers when the access the system to certify their statements
  • ecrt Reports Job Aid- New!
    Provides an overview of the most useful reports to effort coordinators and instructions for how to run them. It also contains a link to a matrix of all reports accessible to effort coordinators
  • Grant Manager Job Aid- New!
    Provides an overview of the Grant Manager's roles and responsibilities including, monitoring effort reports, review of statements, Placing Statements on hold, initiating salary journals and processing effort tasks
  • Primary/Secondary Effort Coordinator Job Aid - Updated November 2016
    Provides an overview of the Primary/Secondary Effort Coordinator's roles and responsibilities including reporting and managing grant manager assignments
  • Tub Effort Coordinator Job Aid - updated September 2016
    Provides an overview of the Tub Effort Coordinator's roles and responsibilities including, monitoring effort reports, assigning roles, communicating changes, and overriding statement
  • ecrt Object Codes
    This document lists the salary object codes that are brought into ecrt and which go to Annual Effort Statements and which go to Quarterly Project Statements
  • Effort Certification Status Change Processing
    This diagram shows the different stages of an effort certification (pending, open for certification & historical) and the work flow process from when payroll transactions load into ecrt to final certification
  • Effort Coordinators Responsibilities Flow Chart
    This diagram shows the responsibilities of ecrt, the Tub Effort Coordinator, the Department Primary Effort Coordinator, the Grant Manager, and the Principal Investigator for each stage of the effort certification process (quarterly and annual)
  • ecrt Status Icons
    Description of the icons used in ecrt to indicate the status of effort reports



ecrt Training Site:https://ecrttrain.harvard.edu/ecrt_train/initLogin.action


The ecrt Basics Training slides used for the in-person training course run by OSP and ecrt team are also available. The topics covered in these slides include an overview of the effort reporting policy, certification lifecycle, and ecrt roles and responsibilities. 



Office for Sponsored Programs:  The Office for Sponsored programs is responsible for business aspects of the ecrt effort reporting system.  For policy questions or help with functions issues, contact the ecrt help desk: ecrt@harvard.edu.   

HUIT ATS:  HUIT ATS manages security roles/rights for ecrt and provides user access to the system.  

Tub-level Effort Coordinators:  The tub-level effort coordinators (TEC) at each school oversee school-level compliance with University policy and local-level implementation of effort reporting:  

HMS/HSDM - Samantha Speyer
HSPH - Judy Lo
FAS - Christyne Anderson
SEAS - Marina Magid
WYSS - Paula Cornelio
HKS - Samantha Schwartz
GSE - Tiffany Cott
JCHS - Mary Lancaster
HLS - Devin Advani and Geoffrey Swift
HGHI - Edna Liquidano 
Other GSIA Schools - Jonathan Dutt 


Contact ecrt@harvard.edu for additional questions and resources.