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. Once you have completely and accurately entered all of the information into SAM, new registrations can take an average of 7-10 business days to process in SAM. Some information must be validated by outside parties before your registration can be activated. This includes TIN validation with the IRS and CAGE validation/assignment with 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—and sooner, if your information changes. An expired registration will affect your ability to receive contract awards or payments, submit applications via Grants.gov, or receive certain payments from some federal government agencies.