Effort Reporting & Management


As the most significant cost to sponsored programs is salaries, wages, and related fringe benefits, ensuring proper management of these funds is a priority of the University of Florida. To ensure compliance with the Federal government’s effort management requirements, the University of Florida established an Effort Reporting Policy and related Directives and Procedures. For more information about the University’s management of effort, visit the Effort Certification webpage. Guidance for and information regarding the entry of effort commitments in UFIRST and myUFL is available using the UF Commitment Entry Guidelines (pdf).

Training in effort management and certification is required by University faculty and support staff engaged in sponsored activities. Both courses can be accessed in the University’s online training system, through myUFL.

  • RSH220 Effort Fundamentals is required of all faculty members with sponsored projects, all department chairs, deans and center/institute directors, and all grant management staff. This interactive session discusses the most essential concepts related to effort, including Total University Effort, committed effort and cost sharing. It also covers the activities that are allowable and unallowable on sponsored projects.
  • RSH230 Effort Management is required of all grant management staff. This session discusses the importance of managing effort throughout the sponsored research life cycle – from proposing effort to managing commitments to certifying effort.