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The Effort Reporting System (ERS) reports for the Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 quarters are now available. You can access your department’s effort reports on the Effort Reporting System to begin the certification process. The certification deadline is Monday, July 30, 2012.

Effort reports will be released semi-annually on or around April 15 for the Fall and Winter quarters and on or around October 15 for the Spring and Summer quarters. The effort reports must be certified by Monday, July 30th.

Please notify and continue to remind your PIs and staff of the deadline. ERS notifications are sent out only to employees who are assigned the Coordinator’s function in DACSS and to employees who subscribe to the ERS Listserv. To subscribe to this mailing list: Send an email to:

Principal Investigators are required to self-certify their own effort. All other effort reports can be certified by the Principal Investigator, the employee or an authorized certifier with first-hand knowledge of the employee’s effort.

ERS has been upgraded to Release 10.7 B003 and includes the following enhancements:

    1. A new optional check box was added to search reports based on “Account Department”. By checking this box, the search for a given account department is restricted to above the line* only.
      Ex. Restrict to certification-required effort only.
      This means you will see only effort reports with federal funds that require certification for your department’s FAU(s). If the box is unchecked, the list will include both above and below-the-line reports that may or may not include your department’s FAU(s).
    2. An effort report will not be generated for a PI or staff if there was no payroll for the quarter.
    3. The certifier can add a comment and certify his/her report without clicking save first.
    4. An error message will appear if a duplicate FAU is added in the” Add Additional Sponsored Project” field.
    5. A new option was added to the Departments search. You can search for several department codes at once by utilizing the “Multiple Department/Org Numbers Equal”.

    If you have any outstanding effort reports from previous quarters, we ask that you continue to work on those as well. For any questions, please contact ERS Support at

    Thank you,
    Extramural Fund Management

    *Above the line represent federal and federal flow-through sponsored fund activity
    Below the line represent non-sponsored and other fund activity