University Controller's Office
Grants & Contracts

Mandatory Effort Reporting Training

Effort Reporting's on-line training presentations and tools are accessible via Blackboard.

Blackboard Login

The training program is available on Blackboard and should take approximately one (1) hour to complete. To access the program, go to the VCU home page (, click on Blackboard and log-in using your VCU eID. Once in Blackboard, click on the Courses tab and select "Mandatory Sponsored Project and Effort Reporting Training."  After enrolling, you will need to review the Course Instructions tab and then review the two slide shows, "Managing Your Project" and "ECRT Training for Investigators."  Once you've reviewed, you'll need to take the two associated exams.  Scoring 80 on each is passing.  If you have any problems registering for the course, please send an email to Access will be granted within 24 hours.

Additionally, administrators that are requesting primary or secondary access to the Effort Reporting system (ECRT) will need to first complete the required training and then submit an ECRT Access Request form to Effort Reporting.