Page Updated: January 23, 2020
If a trainee works on a training grant, does effort need to be certified? The short answer is no. But the long answer sheds light on some important subtleties.
If someone is receiving SALARY for services performed on a grant, the effort must be certified. If they're receiving a STIPEND, it's considered educational assistance (i.e. student aid). This would NOT need to be certified. And, in fact, WE DO NOT LOAD INTO ECRT any payroll transactions having the SFS account codes that are normally used for trainee effort. These are:
SO: Compensation for trainees on training grants IS NOT LOADED INTO ECRT, and WILL NOT APPEAR ON AN EFFORT STATEMENT, and the corresponding effort does not need to be certified.