Effort Certification Policy

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Exceptions to Policy on 95% Effort Allocations to Sponsored Programs

Request for Exception to Campus Policy on Proposing, Managing, and Certifying Effort on Externally Sponsored Programs

Relevant Policy Excerpt
3.2.3   Maximum Allowed Regular Pay From Externally-Sponsored Programs.

An employee's pay may not be charged directly to externally-sponsored programs for activities that are not identified in the specific program. Pay for teaching, administration, service, clinical activity, institutional governance, and new or competitive proposal preparation must not be charged directly to externally-sponsored programs unless the activities are specifically approved activities of those sponsored programs. With the proviso that unrelated and unallowable activities may not be charged, a maximum of 95% of a UNH employee's total IBS (Institutional Base Salary) may be charged to sponsored programs.  With written approval from the UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR), exceptions can be made up to 100% if the employee is working exclusively on the sponsored programs.  An example of such an employee could be a research technician.

Exceptions for Faculty:
Requests for exception to the UNH policy must:

  1. Describe the nature of the exception and why the exception is being requested;
  2. Include a statement that no unallowable activities will be undertaken during the period for which the individual’s pay is charged to sponsored programs;
  3. Include a copy of any enabling language from the authorizing award documents that appears to allow activities normally unsupported by sponsored programs;
  4. Be submitted in writing and approved by the dean or university institute director;
  5. Be submitted to the Senior Vice Provost for Research (SVPR) for final determination.

Written approval of the exception must be received from the SVPR prior to taking any actions that do not comply with the UNH policy, including establishing salary encumbrances.          


Exceptions for Staff:
Discussion is currently ongoing regarding the concept of exempting from the policy certain groups of employees who normally do not engage in activities such as proposal-writing, teaching, and service -- such as research technicians.  Until those discussions are finalized, exception requests for staff supported entirely on sponsored programs may group the employees so that individual requests may be avoided.  Exception requests must address items 1 through 5 above.      


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