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Time and Effort Certification

The effort reporting system at Ball State University is designed to provide a reasonable basis for determining and documenting salary and wages charged to sponsored programs.

Federal regulations, as well as University policy, require that you certify time worked on a grant. Your certification reaffirms you worked on your grant the same percentage of time that was charged to the grant. This applies to all external grants - not just federal awards. Your certification is reviewed by auditors from the State Board of Accounts. Failure to comply with this federal requirement could result in substantial fines to the University and jeopardize future grant funding.