Committed Effort Policy Term Definition

The amount of Effort proposed in a grant or other project application and accepted by a sponsor, regardless of whether salary support is requested for the Effort.

OMB Circular A-21 Section J10b(1)(c) states “in an academic setting, teaching, research, service and administration are often inextricably intermingled. A precise assessment of factors that contribute to costs is not always feasible, nor is it expected. Reliance, therefore, is placed on estimates in which a degree of tolerance is appropriate” Moreover, OMB Circular A-21 Section J10(2)(a) states, “The payroll distribution system will… (ii) reasonably reflect the activity for which the employee is compensated by the institution.”