In the past, the University has permitted a variety of individuals, including Departmental Administrators (DAs), to certify effort, as long as they have the requisite knowledge to do so.
When does certification occur?
The University's fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. The certification period opens in the Fall. Until then, all self-certifiers and PIs should review effort quarterly in ECRT.
What is the Effort Coordinator’s role in effort reporting?
In the past, the departmental administrator was often responsible for certifying the effort of faculty in his or her department. Under current University policy, administrators cannot certify faculty effort. However, administrators still fulfill key responsibilities as Effort Coordinators. Among other things, Effort Coordinators are responsible for supporting faculty certification, including PI certification of personnel working on their sponsored projects; helping faculty monitor their effort during the year; and processing any necessary changes in Columbia’s accounting system to reflect changes in effort allocations. For more information on effort reporting roles and responsibilities, click here.