The federal government requires at least two types of reports during the course of most federal grants: grant effort reporting and conflict of interest reporting. However, the terms of each grant agreement and the requirements of each federal agency may be slightly different. We strongly recommend closely reviewing the reporting requirements for your specific grant award so that you understand your particular obligations. Please contact the grants office, the provost’s office, and/or your federal funding agency’s program officer with any questions.
Each principal investigator for a federal grant must log-in to the PeopleSoft FACSIS system and complete the forms to satisfy his or her legal reporting obligation. If a grant has more than one PI, each PI must complete his or her own individual effort report and financial conflict of interest forms. Only one PI per grant should report on the activities of students and other research assistants for that project. Both conflict of interest and grant effort reports must be filed in the PeopleSoft FACSIS system at least twice annually, approximately six months apart.
Grant Effort Reporting
Federal law requires that all faculty and staff with grant support from government-funded agencies report twice a year on the effort devoted to those grant projects. The effort report should confirm that you, your research assistants, your research students, and anyone else whose work is being funded by the grant actually worked on the grant-funded project for the amount of time designated in the project’s official budget.
Conflict of Interest Reporting
The law also requires that any faculty or staff member how has a federally-funded grant (or who is in a position to influence the outcome of an NSF- or Public Health Service-funded project) to report the details of any conflict of interest or to assert that he or she has no financial conflict of interest with regard to the project. If a conflict does exist, reasonable efforts will be made to work with the investigator to manage it.
Please click here to review the college’s Conflict of Interest Policy, which incorporates the federal policy requirements.