Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number
government recently adopted a new policy that requires organizations to
provide a DUNS number as part of federal grant applications.
Two methods to obtain a DUNS number:
the special toll-free
number for federal grant applicants: 1-866-705-5711. Tell the operator that you are applying to a federal
grant program and need to register for a DUNS number. The process will
take about ten minutes. You
will be asked to provide the following information (subject to minor
Legal name of organization,
Physical address (and PO box if you have one),
Name of the authorizing official (e.g., president, director, etc.),
Purpose of your organization (e.g.,
non-profit dance company to perform and create work, museum that provides
art exhibitions for the general public, etc.),
Total number of employees.
Register for a DUNS number via
D&B's website at
Choose the "DUNS
number only" option. Please note that
registration via the website may take up to 30 business days to complete.
receipt of a DUNS number, the next step in the Grants.gov registration
process is to perform a Central Contractor Registration.
Questions and Answers
What is a DUNS number?
Bradstreet (D&B) is a company that provides business information for
credit, marketing, and purchasing decisions. D&Bs "Data Universal Numbering System," known as DUNS,
issues unique 9-digit numbers that are used by businesses and the federal
government to keep track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide.
Some entities, such as States and universities, will also have what is
known as "DUNS + 4," which is used to identify specific units
within a larger entity.
Why does my organization have to provide
government's Office of Management & Budget has adopted the use of DUNS
numbers as a way to keep track of how federal grant money is awarded and
Do all grant applications have to have a
No. Only organizational applicants are required to provide their DUNS
number. Individuals are exempt.
How do I find out if my organization
already has a
director, business manager, board treasurer, or accountant is likely to
know and be able to provide your organization's DUNS number if you already
have one. Universities and
most colleges, State entities and large organizations also are likely to
already have DUNS numbers. If
you aren't sure, ask the D&B operator at the phone number listed
Is there a fee for registering for a DUNS
No. D&B should not charge you a fee.
You are also not obligated to purchase any of their products.
How long does it take to get a DUNS number?
It only takes a
day to get a DUNS number from D&B by phone (you may be on hold for a
little while). It can take up to 30 days to receive a DUNS number via the
Who should make the request for a DUNS number?
official of an organization, not a project director, should request a DUNS