Effort certification is the process by which the government and other sponsors verify that salaries charged to a project reasonably reflect the effort spent on that project during the reporting time frame. Effort certification is required for every employee who receives a portion of their salary from a sponsored project or cost-sharing account. For more information on effort reporting, please read the Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs).

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Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)

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University Gardens
UGB-107, MC 8002
3500 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 107
Los Angeles, CA 90089-8002


Monday – Friday

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Tel: (213) 821-1937

Fax: (213) 748-0871

Email: eCert@usc.edu



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Effort Certification Schedules

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