Get Ready for Grants Management

Register with D-U-N-S, SAM and


First, you must register with the Data Universal Numbering System or D-U-N-S®. The D-U-N-S® Number is a copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying businesses on a location-specific basis. The number is widely used by both commercial and federal entities and is the standard business identifier for federal electronic commerce. It can take up to four weeks or even longer for this process if there are problems with your information.


Secondly, businesses, individuals, or agencies who want to do business with the Federal Government need to register with the System for Award Management. There is no fee for registering. You will need to designate an E-Business Point of Contact (E-Biz POC) and Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs).

Thirdly, register with where grant applications are available. Be sure to register after the D-U-N-S and SAM registrations are completed. Registration is usually completed by the end of the session. Also visit Learn Grants to find information about successfully navigating every phase of the grant managment process from applying and reporting to the award closeout.

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Find and Apply for Grants

HHS distributes the largest amount of grant funding of any Federal agency. Most HHS grant funds go to States, Territories, and Tribes, but approximately 32,800 grants were awarded to non-government agencies in FY 2013. If you or your agency would like to work on behalf of the nation providing needed services, find and apply for our grants.

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Learn to Manage HHS Grants

When doing the work of the government through a grant or other funding mechanism, it is important to understand the HHS grants management process for awarding grants and review grants already awarded.

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Grant Management Guidance by Agency

Find links to each HHS grant-making agency's grant management guidance (by HHS Operating Division).

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Administration on Community Living (ACL)

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts for the ATSDR are processed through the Office of Financial Resources at the CDC.

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Indian Health Service (IHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

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