How can an effort report total 100% when the employee has a less than full-time appointment with the university?

  • Effort is not based on a 40-hour work week; it is based on the total time spent on university activities, no matter how many hours are worked.
  • Follow this simple formula to calculate:  % of Time / % of Appt = % of Effort

The following example of an employee who has a 50% appointment at the institution and who is working 25% on a sponsored project and 25% on other non-sponsored activities demonstrates the concept of 100% total effort.

Employee A - paid 50% time for the period:

25% / 50% = 50% sponsored project
25% / 50% = 50% non-sponsored project
= 100% Total Effort

In the next example, the employee has a 100% full-time appointment at the institution and works 50% time on a sponsored project and 50% time on other non-sponsored activities. This employee's effort also totals 100%.

Employee B - paid 100% time for the period

50% / 100% = 50% sponsored project
50% / 100% = 50% non -sponsored project
= 100% Total Effort

Unit or Topic: 

Extramural Funds