Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECRT) - Service Description

This document gives an overview of ECRT.


The Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECRT) system, created by Research & Sponsored Programs, is a web-based electronic tool used by faculty and staff to certify their effort (work) on federal and non-federal sponsored projects. ECRT replaces the old paper Personal Activity Reporting (PAR) System.

Non-classified faculty and staff will certify effort twice a year, for six months at a time - (a) January through June and (b) July through December. Classified staff will certify effort on a quarterly basis. ECRT users include:

Please see the Research & Sponsored Programs website for more information.

Support Conditions

Help Desk support for ECRT is limited to login assistance and issues with system availability. If you have questions regarding using the ECRT program itself, please select the "Help" link under your institution in the ECRT web page. The links can be found here: Effort Certification and Reporting Technology (ECRT) - Getting Help.

Note: User name/password issues are handled by each campus individually. If you have questions regarding your user name and password, please see UW System - Login credentials for each campus. If you need a password reset, you must contact your local campus Help Desk. See UW System IT Help Desks Contact Information.


ECRT is available Monday-Friday 8AM-6PM CST.