About Participant Support Costs

A budget category called ‘participant support costs’ is included in some contract and grant sponsors. These costs include:

  • Stipends or subsistence allowances 
  • Travel allowances
  • Registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (not employees) in connection with meetings, conferences, symposia, or training projects

These costs are allowable with prior approval from the contract or grant-awarding agency. Participant support costs are budgeted in a separate line and all costs must be accounted within that budget line.