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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: ecrt@harvard.edu.  


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.

UPDATE: The eCrt Effort Reporting System can be accessed via this link: https://ecrt.harvard.edu/ecrt/.

Subject Matter Expert

Samantha Cohen Speyer, Project Manager, Office of Research Administration and Operations
(617)432-2228; samantha_cohen@hms.harvard.edu


Policies (eCommons log-in may be required)

  • The Harvard effort policy is currently being revised.  Once the updated policy is available, we will provide a link here.