Office of Sponsored Programs
Effort Reporting News
Current Effort Reporting Period - FY16 Winter and Spring
Effort reports for the approximate period of January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 will be available to the Glassboro, Camden (excluding CMSRU grants/projects) and the Stratford campuses via Banner Self Service; Employee Tab and Effort Certification link. If you receive an email indicating that an effort report requires certification and review, please review the directions and manuals on this page to complete effort certification.
Schools and Campus Overview
All Rowan University campuses are able to use the electronic Banner Effort Reporting certification and review module except for some Cooper Medical School at Rowan University grants and projects. Those projects are still utlitizing and maintaining the paper-based reporting process. Please contact Effort Certification Administration for more information.
Comply with the Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory requirements and other sponsor requirements related to certification of effort expended on a project. Effort reporting is a federal requirement and is detailed and promulgated in the regulations and cost principles published by the federal government.
OMB Combined circular requires institutions who are recipients of federal funding to develop a system or program to effectively capture and certify university-compensated effort expended on federal grants and projects. Rowan University utilizes an after-the-fact Effort Reporting system based on compensated effort (payroll distributions). Effort Certification is also considered important and necessary for all sponsored projects, including state sponsored projects/grants.
Effort Reporting is the process by which the University determines and documents the university-compensated effort expended on federal and state sponsored projects and grants. Rowan University utilizes a web-based Banner Effort Reporting module to account for the effort for the following categories of university personnel:
The Banner Effort Reporting system documents the proportion of time devoted to sponsored projects, teaching, clinical practice, and other activities, expressed as a percentage of total University compensated effort, which is based on salary distribution/payroll records.
The University provides effort certification by requiring periodic effort reports for each individual whose salary or pay is charged to one or more sponsored projects during the effort reporting period. Effort reports capture the percentages of the individual’s total effort that is dedicated to sponsored project(s) and other University activities. The effort reports requires certification and review.
Research administration staff are responsible for the creation and administration of the effort reporting system and associated forms created, issued, and used by Principal Investigators and other Rowan University personnel and staff required to certify and review effort reports.
Pre-Reviewers are Department Administrators that manage grants and sponsored projects for faculty and other Principal Investigators in their departments. The role of the Pre-Reviewer is to review the percentages, funds identified and then click on review in the effort report to move it forward in the effort certification process. Pre-Reviewers can also identify changes required to the grants and projects and use normal post-award accounting procedures to update the grants and sponsored projects so that the effort report is an accurate representation of the payroll costs related to that grant or sponsored project.
Certifiers are personnel who have received funding from a federal and/or state grant or sponsored project. Certifiers are required to review their effort reports and certify the effort reports in Banner Self Service.
Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that effort reports associated with their sponsored projects are completed in a timely manner, certifying their own effort report, and reviewing personnel's effort reports that are certified. Principal Investigators will have approximately four (4) weeks, or 20 business days, to review personnel effort reports that are certified. Principal Investigators are also alternate certifiers of effort reports and have the ability to certify any effort report associated with their sponsored project.
Time and Effort Reporting is broken out into two (2) approximate periods of reporting:
Time and Effort Reports are collected two (2) times per year (Note: times may vary)
Due to the payroll period dates and payments, there may be times when the above periods and Pay ID's do not match the dates listed above. However, because our effort reporting system spans the entire fiscal year in relation to payroll ID #’s, the entire year of effort is certified.
Pre-Reviewers - Department Administrators who are responsible for the administration of grants and sponsored projects in their department. Pre-Reviewers review effort reports to ensure charges are correct and reflect the salary distributions of the grant and/or sponsored project. Process changes to the grants and sponsored projects payroll costs to update an effort report prior to forwarding it along for certification and review. Pre-review of the effort reports are required to move the effort reports forward in the certificaiton and review process.
Certifiers - Employee paid from the sponsored project in which an effort report was generated. Certifiers should certify their own effort reports.
Alternate Certifiers - Principal Investigators (PI) are assigned as alternate certifiers. PI's can certify any effort report associated with their sponsored projects. PI's must certify any effort report associated with their sponsored project if the certifier has not certified the report.
Post-Reviewers - Principal Investigators are assigned as Post-Reviewers. Post-Reviewers must review any effort report associated with their sponsored projects. If a Proxy has been identifed and approved, then the Proxy must complete the steps that a Post-Reviewer would complete.
In the Upper right corner of the effort report, there is a box titled Effort Report Overview. Below is some information about the tabs in the Effort Report Overview box.
Status - Indicates the current place in the routing queue of the effort report. If dates exist in that tab, then those are the dates when an activity can be performed.
Effort Dates - Provides the dates related to the activities associated with completing an effort report. For Glassboro and Camden campus effort reports, there is a Certification Period and a Post-Review End date. Certification period is when a report can be certified, and the Post-Review End is the date that the PI/Post-Reviewers must complete the report.
For the Stratford campus effort reports, there is an additional period, in addition to the Certification Period and Post-Review End date. That period is called the Begin Pre-Review. That date represents the time the RowanSOM Department Administrators can review the effort report, ensure it is reasonably accurate, and then click Review to move the effort report to the Certification and Post Review stages.
Pay Dates - Represent the Payroll dates associated with the effort report and that were used to develop and display the percentages of time and effort on the effort report.
Frequently Asked Questions - Click here to open the FAQ's webpage
Certifier and Principal Investigator Manual - Click here to open a PDF version of the manual
Abridged PI Certifier and Review Manual - Click here to open a PDF version of the manual
Pre-Reviewer Manual - Click here to open a PDF version of the manual