DUNS Number Requirement for Federal Grant Applications

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Organizations are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the Federal Government.

The DUNS number is a unique nine-character identification number provided at no charge by the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet. The DUNS number is also a prerequisite for another applicant organizational requirement: registration in the Federal Government's Central Contractor Registry.  Registration in this system (CCR) is a requirement for all grantees and a current requirement for grantees applying for federal assistance through

To find your DUNS number or obtain a new DUNS number visit the D&B website. Be prepared to answer the following questions:

a) Name of business
b) Business address
c) Local phone number
d) Name of the CEO/business owner
e) Legal structure of the business (corporation, partnership, proprietorship)
f) Year business started
g) Primary line of business
h) Total number of employees (full and part time)

If you need assistance with obtaining your DUNS number on the D&B website you may call them at 1 (866) 705-5711.

The revised SF 424, Application for Federal Assistance, which includes the DUNS number field is available on the Office of Management and Budget's website.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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