How to Register in the System for Award Management (SAM)

As a grant applicant, you are responsible for keeping your System for Award Management (SAM) registration active and up-to-date every year.

The leading cause of rejected applications is an expired SAM registration. Check that your SAM registration is active early in the application process to avoid the possibility of a rejected application. 

How do you register?

  1. Go to the SAM.
  2. Select Create User Account or Regsiter/Update Entity and complete the form, which will take about an hour.
  3. You must have your DUNS number and other information about your organization, including its Tax ID number, which is the same as an Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  4. Provide points of contact and designate an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) and a Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN).
    • The MPIN is your organization’s personal code that acts as a password. Later, the E-BIZ POC will use it to approve Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs) in Grants.gov.
  5. After you submit your SAM registration and they validate your information, SAM.gov will send you an email letting you know your registration is active.

How can you ensure an active SAM registration?

Renew at least once every year. Renewal can take five days or longer if you provide incomplete or incorrect information.

If your registration expires, you cannot submit a grant application until you renew it.

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2019