What does

The author wishes to thank institute X for hospitality.

mean in an acknowledgement?

Does it imply that they paid me a hotel or a per diem, or is it enough if they provided me an office during my visit to motivate that statement?

Edit. I was just worried if this could rather interpreted as the institute X paid me, which in other country could be seen as a double funding (which is in some programs not allowed).

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    Surely the worst that could happen is that your funding agency says, "What's this hospitality thing. Were you getting paid twice?", you say, "No" and they say "OK, that's fine." If you're worried that obscure phrasing like "for hospitality" might be misinterpreted, why not just straightforwardly acknowledge what you actually received. – David Richerby Oct 21 at 10:29
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Usually it means that, during at least part of the preparation of the paper, the author was on an extended visit to Institute X, and X provided something that was helpful. It could be as little as an office or a library card, or as much as free housing, use of expensive equipment, travel support, etc. However, this phrase wouldn't normally be used if the author was actually a paid employee of X during that time, even if temporarily.

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