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Clemson Link to Employee Activity Reports

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-21, also known as 2 CFR Part 220, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, requires that all universities account for the total compensated effort of employees who are paid from sponsored projects. Clemson University meets this requirement with CLEAR (Clemson Link to Employee Activity Reports), an electronic, Web-based effort reporting system. Employees who are paid directly from a sponsored (or related cost share) project are required to certify effort reports. Reports are run three times each year – in February for the prior fall semester, in June for the prior spring semester and in September for the two prior summer sessions.


More information related to policy and procedures is located in the CLEAR manual or you may contact Karen Lantgios.

Employees certifying their own individual report:

Log in to the CLEAR SYSTEM for Individuals 


Principal Investigators (or other technical individuals) certifying an employee's report:

Log in to the CLEAR SYSTEM for Principal Investigator

Deadlines for validating CLEAR reports:

15 day deadline —  
30 day deadline —  
45 day deadline —