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Grants and Contracts Management

Time and Effort Certification

What is Effort Certification?  Effort is the time individuals spend on an activity, expressed as a percentage of all the time they spend on JSU job duties.

A sponsored project is activity that is funded by a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement under which there is a scope of work, a specific budget, and specified terms and conditions. It requires detailed financial accountability and compliance with the sponsor’s terms and conditions.

If an individual works on a sponsored project, they are required to assure the sponsor that: 1) They did, in fact, devote effort to the project at a level that corresponds with how they were paid from the project, and 2) They’ve met their commitments to the project, regardless of whether the sponsor provided salary support.

Effort certification is the university’s means of providing this assurance to sponsors. To certify effort, faculty and academic staff will review an after the fact statement or report that shows the sources from which they were paid on sponsored projects.

The JSU ECRM (Effort Certification and Reporting Module) system will be used to certify effort.

Effort Certification Importance

Each year, the university receives millions of dollars from organizations, including the federal government, that sponsor research and other JSU activities. As the stewards of those funds, it is our obligation to comply with federal and university requirements to certify faculty and staff effort on sponsored projects.  Failures to propose, manage, and certify effort correctly could jeopardize the university’s federal funding and lead to penalties for the university.

This site offers you useful information on how to certify, training opportunities, training materials, and an effort reporting calendar to assist you.

JSU Let’s Get Certified!


Grants and Contracts Management


H. P. Jacobs Administration Tower, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 17329
Jackson, MS 39217

Phone: 601.979.2056

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.