The System for Award Management (SAM) is a federal repository that centralizes information about grant applicants and recipients. You must be registered with SAM.gov before registering with Grants.gov. Click here to find information about registering with SAM.gov.
Registration cannot be completed in a single day. Some information must be validated by outside parties before your registration can be activated. This includes TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) validation with the Internal Revenue Service and CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) validation/assignment with the Department of Defense. The activation timeframe may be longer if the information you provide is flagged for manual validation by any party. You will receive an email alerting you when your registration is active.
You must renew and revalidate your registration in SAM.gov at least every 12 months from the date you last certified and submitted the registration in SAM.gov--and sooner, if your information changes. An expired registration will affect your ability to receive awards or payments, submit applications via Grants.gov, and receive certain payments from some federal government agencies.
Please note that grant payments will be made to the bank account that is associated with your SAM.gov registration.
Contact the Grants.gov help line (1-800-518-4726) for assistance with hardware and software issues, registration issues, and technical problems. The help line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for federal holidays, on which it is closed.