STEP 2: Register with SAM
Step 2: Register with SAM
Registering with the System for Award Management (SAM) is the second step of registering your organization with Grants.gov. The questions below describe SAM and walk you through the free registration process.
Purpose of SAM
SAM is a web-based, government-wide application that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and the electronic payment processes.
Before Registering with SAM
Use the SAM Status Tracker to check your organization's registration status with SAM. You may also contact your grant administrator, financial department, chief financial officer, or authorizing official to identify whether 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 with SAM. The E-Biz POC is also responsible for approving your organization's Authorized Organization Representatives (AOR), which are the only people who can submit applications in Grants.gov.
NOTE: The E-Biz POC must renew your organizations SAM registration annually.
How to Register with SAM
To register with SAM, go to the SAM website and have the following pieces of information ready:
- DUNS number
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or Employment Identification Number (EIN)
When your organization registers with SAM, you must designate an E-Biz POC. The E-Biz POC is issued a Marketing Personal Identification Number (MPIN) by SAM, which gives you the authority to designate AORs.
What's an AOR? They are the staff members in your organization who are allowed to submit applications in Grants.gov, but there's more information on this process in Step 3: Create a Username & Password.
Looking for more detailed assistance or instructions using SAM?
Check out any of the following resources provided by the General Services Administration (GSA) on SAM.gov:
How long does it take to register with SAM?
Generally, it takes between 7 and 10 business days to register with SAM. However, your organization must first have an EIN. If your organization does not have an EIN, you should allow an additional two weeks to request and obtain an EIN from the IRS.
Get the Applicant User Guide
For a comprehensive resource that covers the Grants.gov registration, search, and apply processes, please download and refer to the Grants.gov Applicant User Guide.