For many years, the NIH and other federal agencies have required organizations to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS number issued as part of the registration process to apply for and receive federal funding. By April 2022, the federal government will phase out the use of DUNS numbers and move to a 12-character unique entity identifier (UEI) created in SAM.gov.
Currently when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements, all applicant organizations must have a DUNS number as the Universal Identifier. The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that DUNS will be replaced by a new Government-owned unique entity identifier in all systems, including Grants.gov and eRA Commons. The new government unique identifier will be incorporated into the SAM registration process, eliminating the need for applicants to seek external identifiers in order to register.