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Electronic Effort Certification (ECC)

As a recipient of federal research funding, the University of Pittsburgh is required to maintain a system that allows for verification that direct labor charges to sponsored projects are accurate, timely and reflective of the actual level of work performed.

Employee Compensation Compliance (ECC) is a web-based application that facilitates the electronic certification of effort on federally sponsored projects. ECC integrates data from the University’s PRISM General Ledger, Payroll, Salaried Personnel Activity Report (SPAR), and Research Proposal and Accounting (RPA) applications to enhance compliance management while significantly reducing the administrative burden of the effort certification process.


Effort Coordinator (EC) Responsibilities and Mandatory Training

ECs are responsible for the pre-review of effort statements associated to their department(s) prior to opening of the Certification Period. As the Certification Period progresses, ECs must monitor the remaining uncertified effort in their department(s) and follow up with Principal Investigators (PIs) as necessary to resolve issues so that all effort may be certified in a timely manner.

ECs must complete the Basics of Effort Reporting and ECC Effort Coordinator Training prior to being granted access to ECC. Please navigate to our Workshop Registration page on this website to view the workshop descriptions and to register for the workshops.


Principal Investigator (PI) Responsibilities and Available Training

PIs of federally-funded sponsored projects are responsible to inform department/grants administrators of effort contributed on their sponsored projects by themselves and all others working on those projects, and to provide an after-the-fact confirmation that labor costs appearing on their federal sponsored projects are reasonable based on the work performed on those projects. This effort certification also provides a confirmation to the sponsor that the effort expended in support of this project has been performed as promised (the pre-award commitment)..

The Facutly Effort Reporting workshop is offered each academic term. A description of the workshop and registration is available on the Workshop Registration page . Training is not mandatory, but highly recommended. In addition, there are a number of helpful reference tools in the PI Reference Materials portion of this page.


ECC Forms

Effort Coordinator Reference Materials

PI Reference Materials


Certification Schedule

Period of Performance: January 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019
Pre-Review Start Date: May 14, 2019
PI Certification Window: June 7, 2019 - July 23, 2019
Write-Off of Uncertified Effort: August 1, 2019

Period of Performance: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Pre-Review Start Date: September 9, 2019
PI Certification Window: October 3, 2019 – November 19, 2019
Write-Off of Uncertified Effort: December 2, 2019

Period of Performance: September 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Pre-Review Start Date: January 8, 2020
PI Certification Window: February 7, 2020 – March 23, 2020
Write-Off of Uncertified Effort: April 1, 2020