The ecrt system is designed to help comply with the provisions of Harvard’s effort reporting policy, federal policy OMB Circular A-21 section J.10., NIH Salary Limitation on Grants, and other relevant agency policies that govern the need to provide certification of an individual's effort pursuant to his/her sponsored and non-sponsored programs. Please direct any questions to the ecrt help desk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Harvard, there are two types of effort certifications:
- Annual Faculty Effort Certifications (APEC): Harvard PIs/faculty and other academic appointees who have effort on federal awards certify their salary (including academic-year, supplemental and summer) on an annual basis (July 1-June 30).
- Quarterly Project Effort Certifications (QPEC): Federal projects with non-faculty salary charges are certified by the project PI on a quarterly basis. The quarterly certifications cover July-September, October-December, January-March, and April-June.
For more information on effort, please visit the Office for Sponsored Programs effort reporting website.