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Time & Effort

Welcome to the UTB Time & Effort Web site.

Effort reporting is a process mandated by the federal government to verify that direct labor charges to, or cost shared on, sponsored projects are accurate, timely, and reflect the actual level of work performed.

This site provides both general information on effort concepts as well as specific information on effort reporting and certification procedures. Please use the sidebar on the left-hand side to navigate the different sections of this website.

In addition to the reference guides, FAQs, and additional resources located within this website, if you have questions about the effort certification process, or about effort commitments on sponsored projects, or suggestions for additional information you would like to see on this website, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (956) 882-7849 or via e-mail at

Time and Effort Certification Period

UTB changed its Time and Effort certification periods during the Fall 2013 semester, to align the reporting periods with the University's semester schedule. The new certification periods begin within 3-4 weeks following the end of each semester and the time to certify is reduced to two weeks rather than the previous four-week period. These changes were made to expedite the process of certification.

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