How to Find an Applicant’s UEI Within Grants.gov

Federal grant applicants who are registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) are assigned a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) that will phase out the nine-character Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number in April 2022.

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How to Find the Grantor Contact Information on a Funding Opportunity

Sometimes applicants have questions about the specific requirements for a funding opportunity. For example, they might seek a clarification about what should be included in a budget narrative. Or they may have trouble accessing the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) electronically.

When questions like these arise, applicants should reach out to the Grantor Contact listed near the bottom of the Synopsis tab on the FOA (called the View Grant Opportunity page in Grants.gov).

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How to Apply for a Federal Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov

First-time applicants can understandably feel daunted by the task of applying for a federal funding opportunity on Grants.gov. Here, we explain, at a high level, the key steps in the application process, providing a roadmap that will help applicants feel more confident about the journey ahead.

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How to Determine Eligibility for Federal Funding Opportunities

Determining your eligibility for federal grants is an important first step in the federal grant application process.

Funding opportunity eligibility requirements are defined by legislation and federal agency policies. To receive a grant, you must meet an opportunity’s eligibility requirements.

Here are some tips for finding federal funding opportunities for which you may be eligible:

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Deadline Extended for Government Transition to Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)

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.

What Is a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published in 2017 and updated on August 18, 2020.

A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the document all federal agencies use to announce the availability of grant funds to the public.

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Test Drive the New Grants.gov Chatbot

Grants.gov Chatbot ScreenGrants.gov is always looking for new ways to serve our users and improve their experience. In recent months, we have developed a new self-service help tool based on chatbot technology.

Today, we are inviting users to test drive the new tool to help determine its effectiveness.

The chatbot will be made available as a Beta feature on Grants.gov, after revisions based on user feedback.

Grants.gov will continue evaluation of the feature among the larger applicant community.

Click here to learn more and take the chatbot for a spin.

We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.

5 Tips to Help Grants.gov Users Avoid Scams

Grants.gov is committed to protecting our users’ information and serving people and organizations who apply for federal grant funding through our site.

Here are five things you need to know about Grants.gov to avoid being the victim of a scam:

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Tips for Proofreading Your Next Grant Application

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.

Grant Writing Tips

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.

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