Registering as an Individual

Before applying for a funding opportunity, you need to register with Below are instructions for registering as an individual.

An individual is an applicant who submits grant applications on their own behalf, not representing an organization, institution, or government. Individual applicants can only apply for funding opportunities that allow individual people to receive the funding. Before applying, individual applicants should confirm the eligibility requirements in the Synopsis and Full Announcement portion of the funding opportunity.

Most funding opportunities on are only eligible to organizations, but there are opportunities for individuals. Review the Check Your Eligibility page to learn about how to find the specific eligibility requirements for an opportunity you're interested in.

How Do I Register?
To register as an individual, there are three main steps:

Individual Applicant Registration Steps

1. Find a funding opportunity that individuals are eligible to apply for


2. Use the Funding Opportunity Number (FON) to register


3. Complete the registration form to create a username and password


Get Registered as an Individual Online User Guide

Find registration, login, and search instructions for all users in the Online User Guide.


For detailed applicant information, review the Applicants section of the online user guide.


Reach Out and Get Help

Contact the Support Center to get help from a Contact Center Representative.


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