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Personal Service Contracts


The Personal Service Contracts budget category is used for line item costs to individual persons or entities who are providing their expertise, being paid as a research subject, or participating in a sponsored program as a non-employee.

Examples include:

  • Participation of persons as research subjects
  • Implementation of computer systems
  • Contract to conduct and provide survey results
  • Contract to conduct environmental studies and assessments
  • POD training
  • Professional consultants

Line item costs for vendors or suppliers who provide the same services to the general public or a special segment of the public DO NOT belong in this category and should be allocated to "Other Contractual Services".


A consultant is an independent contractor who is not an employee of the UW, nor do they have a faculty appointment (e.g., VA, Children's). Consulting services typically are provided by an individual who is considered an expert in the field.

In the proposal, include a letter of collaboration including dates of service, rate of pay, other miscellaneous expenses and deliverables.

Consult specific agency guidelines for inclusion of this role in your proposal as requirements vary from sponsor to sponsor.