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Reference Guide

Effective December 26, 2014, OMB Circular A-21 will be replaced by regulations promulgated under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the Uniform Guidance).  Like Circular A-21, the Uniform Guidance requires an after-the-fact review of charges made to Federal awards that were based on budget estimates.  At Columbia, this required after-the-fact review is carried out through the effort reporting process described on this website.  More information about the Uniform Guidance is available at http://spa.columbia.edu/uniform-guidance.

The following issues may be of particular concern, so we have prepared reference guides for each of the topics listed below.  These brief guides provide a quick summary of each topic.

They can be viewed by clicking each hyperlink or downloading the files to your computer. 


Policy and Process Reference Guides
PDF Icon Effort Reporting Refresher FAQs
PDF Icon Overview of Effort Reporting
PDF Icon Roles and Responsibilities of Faculty and Effort Coordinators
PDF Icon Definition of Total University Effort 
PDF Icon Classification of Common Columbia Activities
PDF Icon Cost Sharing
PDF Icon Summer Salaries
PDF Icon Certifying for Individuals who have left the University
PDF Icon Faculty with Greater than 90% Sponsored Effort
PDF Icon Training Grants and K Awards
ECRT Reference Guides – Faculty
PDF Icon How to Certify Your Effort in ECRT
PDF Icon How to Certify Your Effort and the Effort of Your Researchers in ECRT
ECRT Reference Guides – Effort Coordinators
PDF Icon Effort Coordinator Guide to ECRT
PDF Icon Effort Coordinator Quick Guide to ECRT
PDF Icon How to Add Cost Sharing in ECRT