Active SAM registration is required in order for an organization to apply for grant funding or to receive an NIH award. Organizations that do business with NIH should allow extra time for System for Award Management (SAM) registration and yearly renewals.
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.