A DSP Reminder: Participant Support Costs

Participant support costs are defined by Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200.75 as direct costs for items such as stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances, and registration fees paid to or on behalf of participants or trainees (but not employees) in connection with conferences or training projects.

Participant support costs are excluded from the modified total direct cost (MTDC) base when calculating facilities and administration (F&A) costs.

This category is NOT used for the following, unless specifically allowed by sponsor written instructions or sponsor prior approval:

  • For general travel to conferences or to bring collaborators together to meet and discuss the project
  • For payments to participants in human subject research studies
  • For any other purpose or for non-participant support categories of expense

A separate project will be established for Participant Support Costs:

When an award is received that includes participate support costs, a separate project must be established to separately account for the participant support costs.

Agency Guidance:

NSF Guidance: Participant Support II.C.2.g(v), II.D.9

Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200.75

NIH Guidance: For the purposes of Kirschstein-NRSA programs, this term does not apply. NIH will continue to use the terms trainees, trainee-related expenses, and trainee travel in accordance with NRSA Regulations.

Questions may be directed to ufproposals@ufl.edu.