Estimating Committed Effort

 – Overview

Given the nature and complexity of a sponsored agreement, faculty and staff shall be reasonable in estimating
committed effort in relation to their other respective planned University compensated activities.

It’s common and acceptable practice for the combined faculty effort in active and proposed awards to exceed 100% of full time effort with the expectation that not all proposals will be funded. If new funding results in total funded effort commitments that exceed 100%, then an adjustment is necessary. In some situations prior sponsor approval is required.

Prior approval is required from federal sponsors for (1) a change in key personnel or (2) Principal Investigator absence for more than three months or a 25% reduction in committed effort.