The General Services Administration recently extended the deadline for completing the government transition from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number to the New Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to April 2022.
“By April of 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities registered in the System for Award Management (SAM),” reads the GSA Unique Entity Identifier Update page. “At that point, entities doing business with the federal government will use a unique entity identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov.”
In the meantime, Grants.gov will continue preparing the system to accept the new applicant UEIs when they become available.
To stay up to date on the latest UEI news from GSA and to determine how you can prepare, please visit gsa.gov/entityid.
The official Grants.gov app offers a convenient way for applicants to manage their Grants.gov applications and find new funding opportunities while on the go. Here is an overview of what users can do with the Grants.gov Mobile App:
Grants.gov user registration is quick, easy, and free of charge. However, applicant users who are adding a new organization profile to their Grants.gov account must first ensure that they have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and that their organization has registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).
What follows is a quick guide to making sure that you have everything you need to add a new organization profile to Grants.gov: a DUNS Number, a SAM registration, and Grants.gov account to which you want to associate the new organization.
Developing a proofreading strategy can greatly improve the quality of your federal grant application. Here are some tips from grant-making offices across the government that you can use for developing this strategy.
1. Enlist content proofreaders early in the process.
“Request that your colleagues or mentors review a first draft of your specific aims early in the process,” advises NIH.
Consider asking your early proofreaders to focus on macro issues, such as the organization of narrative sections or the logical flow within your application narrative. Even if your proposal is not completely ready, you can still have your designated proofreaders review some sections of the proposal. An Office of Justice Programs resource concurs, stating that early proofreading will allow for “sufficient time to deal with missing information,” as well as other common issues.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2019 and updated on June 9, 2020.
If you need to register an account with Grants.gov for the first time, you will find the process relatively straightforward. All the standard fields you would expect are there, such as Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Username and Password.
1. You’ll need a strong password containing no dictionary words.
The password requirements for creating a Grants.gov user account are as follows (pay special attention to the last requirement, which we have italicized):
“Your password must contain at least eight characters including: at least one uppercase letter (A-Z); at least one lowercase letter (a-z); at least one number (0-9); and at least one special character (e.g. ! @ # $ % ^ & *). Your password must not contain dictionary words, names, or your Username.”
When you apply for a federal grant on Grants.gov, help is always just a click away – no matter what screen you are on you can click a blue help icon which opens a new window with relevant articles. New applicants have several other help-related resources that they will want to bookmark for quick and easy access.