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STEP 2: Register with SAM

Has my organization registered with the System for Award Management (SAM)?
Ask the grant administrator, chief financial officer, or authorizing official of your organization if your organization has registered with SAM. If your organization is already registered, take note of who is listed as your E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC). It is the E-Biz POC within your organization who must register your organization. The E-Biz POC will be responsible for authorizing members of your organization (Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs) to submit applications at Grants.gov.

E-Biz POC Registration Checklist

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NOTE: The General Services Administration has released a "Quick Start Guide For New Grantee Registration" and video tutorial for new applicants registering with the System for Award Management (SAM).  If you have questions or concerns about your SAM registration, please contact the Federal Support desk at https://www.fsd.gov.

Check to see if your organization is already registered at the SAM website. You will be able to search SAM by using either your organization's Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number or legal business name.

Purpose of this step:
Registering with the SAM is required for organizations to use Grants.gov.

How long should it take?
Three to five business days or up to two weeks.

  • If your organization already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), your SAM registration will take 3-5 business days to process.
  • If your organization does not have an EIN, then you should allow two weeks for obtaining the information from IRS when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.
NOTE: Your organization needs to renew their SAM registration once a year.

What is SAM and why do I need to register?
The System for Award Management (SAM) is a Web-enabled government wide application that collects, validates, stores and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract award, grants and the electronic payment processes. Prior to July 2012, this functionality was handled by the Central Contractor Registration (CCR).

When your organization registers with SAM, you must designate an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC). The E-Biz POC uses the MPIN (Marketing Personal Identification Number) given by SAM to login to Grants.gov and to designate which staff members from your organization are allowed to submit applications electronically through Grants.gov. Staff members from your organization designated to submit applications are called Authorized Organization Representatives (AOR).

SAM Registration Tips:

  • Please refer to the System for Award Management (SAM)  for assistance.
  • Your E-Biz POC should check your renewal status annually.
  • The E-Biz POC will be notified by email when individuals from their organization register with Grants.gov. This registration is a request to be granted as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). To assign AOR rights, E-Biz POCs should access the E-Business Point of Contact Login page for further direction and guidance.
NOTE: If you have further questions about creating, verifying, updating or renewing your SAM registration, please visit System for Award Management (SAM)  page.

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