Participant support costs can be requested for agency approval on proposal budgets.
Participant support costs are allowable with agency prior approval. This includes 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. In accordance with §200.75 of the Uniform Guidance, Participant Support Costs are “…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.” Howard University may grant student stipends and/or tuition reimbursements to students assisting with sponsored projects and enrolled at Howard University. Student stipends are granted only to Howard University students, unless the stipend funds for non-Howard University students are required and supported by the sponsor (e.g. student assisting with a Howard University sponsored project enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia). In cases of student stipends for non-Howard University students, the Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) must confirm compliance with three requirements:
- The sponsor provides the funding for the non-Howard University stipends and requires them as part of the award
- Students receiving the stipends participate in activities beneficial to the sponsored project
- Students meet the eligibility criteria for the stipend established by the sponsored award, Howard University, and the relevant academic department
Participant support costs are not routinely allowed on research projects but can be charged if the project includes an education or outreach component and the agency approves such costs. These costs should be explicitly listed in the proposal budget or approved by the funding agency after the award has been made.
Please see Student Stipends and Tuition Reimbursement Policy 600-019.