At first glance, registering with Grants.gov seems a little complicated. But if you keep the following tips in mind, your registration will be (almost) a breeze.
1) Registration is free. You do not need to pay to register.
If a website, email, or caller tells you that you need to pay to register for government grants, don’t fall for a scam. More scam and fraud info here.
2) Start registering immediately (after you read the rest of this article, of course).
It can take up to a few weeks if you don’t have all the pre-requisite registration data, so you want to register well in advance of the grant deadline. Here’s an overview of the organization registration process and timeline.
3) Know your organization’s DUNS number.
This is the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number—a nine-digit identifier for an organization. More DUNS details here.
4) Get to know SAM (not the Uncle).
You have to register with the System for Award Management (SAM) before you can register with Grants.gov. Make sure all the info in SAM is accurate and up to date. When you apply for a grant, Grants.gov runs a check to validate that your Grants.gov and SAM data are consistent. If the data is inconsistent, your application will be rejected. Learn more about SAM.
5) Learn (to love) the grant terms and acronyms like AOR and EBiz POC.
The Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is the person who submits the grant application. The Electronic Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) is designated during SAM registration and authorizes user roles in Grants.gov (among other responsibilities). Here’s more info about AORs and EBiz POCs. Grant Terminology can be found here.
6) You need to register in order to apply with Grants.gov Workspace.
What is workspace? Here’s your answer.
7) Start registering right now.
Yes, we know this is a repeat, but you don’t want to miss the submission deadline because you waited until the last minute to register.
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