Applying for a Federal Grant? Register with SAM (System for Award Management) Now

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If you are thinking about applying for a Federal grant to start, sustain, and grow a program in the upcoming 2015 – 2016 year, do not delay registering and/or updating your information with the System for Award Management (SAM) at The earlier your organization registers and/or updates your registration the better. The time it takes to get an active account with SAM varies and is based on how accurately your information is entered into the system. Once you have completed your SAM registration, it takes approximately 24 – 48 hours for to recognize your SAM account.

All grant applicants must have an active account in order to submit a grant application with the Federal government. The government recommends that grant applicants register now even as they are looking for eligible grant programs so that their SAM registration is active by the time a relevant grant application is published. Establishing an active account will allow institutions and organizations seeking grants to focus on writing the grant application during the period the application is available and not spend a portion of that time obtaining SAM registration.

To register with SAM, you must have an active Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). If you do not have an active DUNS number, you can get one online at: The process takes one-to-two business days. If you do not have a TIN, you can complete an online application at: The correct DUNS, TIN and entity name, etc. must match information in Dun and Bradstreet, IRS, etc. according to the instructions at

Remember to update your SAM account every year. When you update your account, the system will match your TIN and the Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) verification. The process takes about 48 to 72 hours, and you will receive an email when your account is active. Also, if your organization’s contact person for SAM has changed, make sure you update this information so that the right person will receive all emails from SAM.

There are a variety of helpful resources available to familiarize yourself with SAM. There are FAQs, user guides, and helpful videos to learn about SAM’s system and registering.

So remember to register with SAM now if you are planning to find grant funding for a project.