Registering an Organization (DUNS, CCR, AOR)
Data Universal Number System (DUNS)
The federal government has adopted the use of DUNS numbers to track how federal grant money is allocated. In short, DUNS numbers identify your organization.
If your organization does not know its DUNS number or needs to register for one, visit: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do
How long should it take? Same day. You will receive DUNS number information online.
Central Contractor Registration (CCR)
Registering with the CCR is required for organizations to use Grants.gov to apply for grants.
To register with CCR, visit http://www.ccr.gov. If AFTER having registered in CCR, you experience any registration problems, you can get help by going to the Federal Service Desk https://www.fsd.gov.
How long should it take? If your organization already has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), then you should allow one to three business days to complete the entire CCR registration. The EIN and TIN will come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If your organization does not have an EIN or TIN, then you should allow two weeks for obtaining the information from the IRS when requesting the EIN or TIN via phone or Internet. The additional number of days needed is a result of security information that needs to be mailed to the organization.
Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) Username and Password
An AOR username and password serves as an "electronic signature" when submitting a Grants.gov application.
To register with Grants.gov, visit https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/OrcRegister.
How long should it take? Same day. After the AOR has completed their profile they will be prompted to create a username and password that will allow the user to log in and check their approval status immediately.
When an AOR registers with Grants.gov to submit applications on behalf of an organization, that organization's E-Biz POC will receive an email notification. The email the AOR submitted in the profile will be the email used when sending the automatic notification from Grants.gov to the E-Biz POC with the AOR copied on the correspondence.
The E-Biz POC must then log in (https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?userType=ebiz&cleanSession=1) to Grants.gov (using the organization's DUNS number for the username and the "MPIN" password obtained in Step 2) and approve the AOR, thereby giving him or her permission to submit applications. When an E-Biz POC approves an AOR, Grants.gov will send the AOR a confirmation email.
How long should it take? This depends on how long it takes the E-Biz POC to log in and approve the AOR, once the approval is completed the AOR can immediately submit an application.
Grants.gov Registration [Video]
Applicant Registration [Video]
For Detailed Instructions on DUNS, CCR, and Grants.gov Registration, Click Here
Frequently Asked Questions (DUNS Number)
Is registering for a DUNS number free of charge?
Yes, registering for the DUNS number is free of charge. Dun & Bradstreet offers additional products and services, which they may suggest that you purchase, however, you do not need to do so for Grants.gov.
Why does my organization have to provide a DUNS number?
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that there is a need for improved statistical reporting of federal grants. OMB has adopted the use of the DUNS number as a way to identify organizations that receive grant awards and to track how grants money is dispersed.
How can I check if my organization already has a DUNS Number?
If you are not sure if your organization already has a DUNS number, consult your organization's business office, chief financial officer, grant administrator or authorizing official or search for your organization on Dun & Bradstreet's website: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do
What information will I need to obtain a DUNS Number?
You will need the following information to request a DUNS Number:
- Organization name
- Organization address
- Local telephone number
- Name of CEO/organization owner
- Legal structure of the organization
- Year the organization started
- Primary line of business
- Total number of employees
How do I request a DUNS Number?
You should ask the chief financial officer, grant administrator or authorizing official of your organization to register for a DUNS number. You can request and register for a DUNS number online via web registration at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do or by calling the D&B Government Customer Response Center at 1-866-705-5711 (visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/pages/reqDuns_phone.jsp for more details). If requested over the phone, DUNS is provided immediately. Webform requests take 1-2 business days.
As a result of obtaining a DUNS number, you have the option to be included on D&B's marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your name/organization included on this marketing list, you should request not to be listed when you are speaking with a D&B representative during your DUNS number telephone application.
How can I be removed from Dun & Bradstreet's (D&B) marketing list?
As a result of obtaining a DUNS number you have the option to be included on D&B's marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your name/organization included on this marketing list, you should request not to be listed when you are speaking with a D&B representative during your DUNS number telephone application.
I am an individual, how can I obtain a DUNS Number?
If you are registering as an Individual you do not need to register for a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Please visit the Individual Registration (http://grants.gov/applicants/individual_registration.jsp) page for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions (CCR/E-Biz)
What do I need to register with CCR?
Before registering with CCR, you should make sure that you have a DUNS number. You also need to ensure that your registration with the IRS for your Employment Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is confirmed. Once you receive a letter from the IRS confirming your EIN or TIN, you may proceed with registration in CCR. Please note it will take 1 to 2 business days for IRS to validate your TIN. According to the IRS, when applying for an EIN over the phone or Internet, you will be given a temporary EIN, but your EIN may not become active for 2-5 weeks. If you have questions about your EIN, please call 1-800-829-4933. If you apply for an EIN by mail, confirmation from the IRS can take 2-5 weeks. In addition, you should review the tutorial topic "Registering with CCR" for more details about some of the information you will be required to provide.
Why do I need to register with CCR?
CCR is a government-wide registry for vendors doing business with the federal government. Grants.gov uses CCR to establish roles and IDs for those electronically applying for grants.
How do I register with CCR?
To register with CCR:
- 1. Go to the CCR website http://www.ccr.gov.
- 2. Click the Start New Registration link.
- 3. Answer and follow the instructions to complete registration.
Is there anything I should do before registering with CCR?
Before registering with CCR make sure that you have a DUNS #. If your organization already has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), then you should allow one to two business days to complete the CCR registration. If your organization does not have an EIN or TIN, then you should allow two weeks for obtaining the information from IRS when requesting the EIN or TIN via phone or Internet.
How long should I allow for a CCR registration?
If your organization already has an Employment Identification Number (EIN) then you should allow three to five business days to complete the CCR registration. If your organization does not have an EIN, then you should allow 2 weeks for obtaining the information from IRS when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.
As an Individual, what do I need to know about registering with CCR?
If you are registering as an individual you do not need to register in CCR. Please visit the Individual Registration (http://grants.gov/applicants/individual_registration.jsp) page for more information. All 'individuals' who are sole proprietors and desire to do business with the federal government are considered 'Sole Proprietors' for the purposes of registration in CCR.
What is a MPIN? Where can I locate or assign my MPIN?
A Marketing Partner ID (MPIN) is a personal code that the E-business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) for your organization creates during registration with the CCR. The MPIN acts as a password, and is used to assign Authorized Organization Representatives (AOR). The MPIN is case sensitive and must have 9 digits containing at least one alpha character and one number (no spaces or special characters permitted ( -, &, *, %, /, #).
To obtain an MPIN:
- Go to the CCR Homepage
- Click on "Update or Renew Registration," then follow instructions on screen.
- Once you have logged in, click on the "Points of Contact" tab
- Scroll down to "Government Business POC" and complete all the fields including the MPIN and email address
- Your registration can take up to 3-5 business days to be processed and or update and be placed on file within the Grants.gov system.
If you have already obtained a DUNS number but have not registered in CCR and need an MPIN, please view the CCR Handbook for instructions on what is needed for registration and details on how to register. If you need individual help in finding your MPIN, you can reach the CCR help desk at 866-606-8220 (toll free) or 334-206-7828 internationally.
To begin the registration process, visit the Get Registered page of Grants.gov.