Changes Coming for Federal Organizational Applicants and Awardees

Significant changes will be in place for organizational applicants and awardees starting at the end of 2020 and continuing into 2021:

What: UEI will replace DUNS.

The DUNS number will no longer be the official identifier for doing business with the U.S. Government. It will be replaced by the unique entity identifier or UEI.

SAM.gov will issue UEIs. Organizations that are already registered with SAM.gov will automatically be assigned a new UEI which will be displayed in SAM.gov. Organizations registering with SAM.gov for the first time will request a UEI during the registration process. Registration and maintenance of your account is FREE.

When: You will see references to UEI on Grants.gov starting in March 2020. The UEI is expected to be on Grants.gov application forms starting in January 2021.

For more information: See here about the UEI and here about Grants.gov.


What: Login.gov can be used to access Grants.gov.

Login.gov already is required for SAM.gov. Applicants will have the option to link their Grants.gov credentials to Login.gov, and no longer have to update Grants.gov passwords.

When: March 2020

For more information: See the Login.gov FAQs on SAM.gov.


What: Grants.gov will get a new look and new features, like the ability to work on forms offline.

When: May 2021

For more information: Go to beta.grants.gov