Office of Research, UC Riverside
Sponsored Programs Administration

Participant Support Costs

Participant Support Costs are allowable direct cost expenses on sponsored programs related to conferences, meetings, symposia or training projects. These expenses include stipends or subsistence allowances, travel allowances and registration fees paid to or on behalf of individuals (but not employees) who participate in such activities. It is important to note that stipends or subsistence allowances, lodging expenses and/or travel allowances associated with bringing colleagues to UCR for the purpose of collaborating on sponsored research programs are not Participant Support Costs and should be proposed in the appropriate direct cost budget category (e.g., travel).

UCR receives extramural funding from a broad spectrum of sponsors. Therefore, it is important to refer to sponsor policy and program-specific guidelines prior to preparing proposal budgets to determine if Participant Support Costs are allowable and, if so, how to properly budget and justify such costs.  In the absence of specific sponsor guidelines or policies, Participant Support Costs should not be included in UCR's proposals without written prior approval from the sponsor.

Prior to rebudgeting funds from Participant Support Costs to another budget category, it is important to carefully review award terms and sponsor policy, and consult with Sponsored Programs Administration, as the sponsor's prior approval may be required or rebudgeting may be prohibited.