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How to Navigate Grants.gov to Submit Applications

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All Federal grant opportunities must be posted through Grants.gov.

There, you can find all USDOT discretionary grant programs and all currently open opportunities from USDOT.

In order to apply for a grant through Grants.gov, you must register. This is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password.

It is highly recommended that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application by the deadlines specified.

To Register on Grants.gov, Applicants Must:

  1. Obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number;
  2. Register with the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.SAM.gov;
  3. Create a Grants.gov username and password; and
  4. The E-Business Point of Contact (POC) at your organization must respond to the registration email from Grants.gov and login at Grants.gov to authorize you as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Please note that there can be more than one AOR for an organization.

Unique Entity Identifiers (UEI) and DUNS Numbers

Please note, on April 4, 2022, the unique entity identifier used across the Federal government changed from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) (generated by SAM.gov).

If your entity is currently registered in SAM.gov, your UEI has already been assigned and is viewable in SAM.gov. This includes inactive registrations.  

Supporting Resources

For information and instructions on each of these processes, please see Grants.gov’s Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants. Information on the Federal grants funding process and supporting resources are available at the Grants.gov Grants 101 page and the Grant Lifecycle Timeline.

Last updated: Thursday, July 7, 2022