Notice of Revised NIH Term of Award on use of DUNS Number and New Term of Award on Maintaining an Active CCR Registration

Notice Number: NOT-OD-11-004

Key Dates

Release Date: October 22, 2010

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


On August 14, 2003, NIH issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-03-055 requiring the use of the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number when applying for NIH grants.  Effective October 1, 2010, this policy is being expanded to require all applicant and grantee organizations to obtain a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) database.  Additionally, all NIH grantees must notify potential first-tier subrecipients that no entity may receive a first-tier subaward unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to the prime grantee organization.

These requirements will ensure use of a universal identifier and to enhance the quality of information available to the public when recipients begin on October 1, 2010 to report information on subawards, as required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended ("the Transparency Act"). To implement these requirements, NIH Grantee and Applicant organizations should verify that they have a DUNS number or take steps to obtain one as soon as possible. 

Additional information on implementing FFATA, including NIH and OMB FAQs and training resources, can be found on the NIH FFATA web site at


On September 14, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Final Guidance in the Federal Register (Volume 75, No. 177) on Financial Assistance Use of Universal Identifier and Central Contractor Registration (2 CFR Subtitle A Part 25).  Effectively immediately with this Guide Notice, NIH hereby implements the term below into all Notices of Award issued on/after the date of this announcement by incorporating it on the Award Conditions and Information website found at:   This website is already provided as a reference in all Notice of Awards, Section III.

Full text of the award term is provided below.   Grantees are reminded that this award term must be incorporated into all consortium agreements when applicable. 


A. Requirement for Central Contractor Registration (CCR)
Unless you are exempted from this requirement under 2 CFR 25.110, you as the recipient must maintain the currency of your information in the CCR until you submit the final financial report required under this award or receive the final payment, whichever is later. This requires that you review and update the information at least annually after the initial registration, and more frequently if required by changes in your information or another award term.

B. Requirement for Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Numbers
If you are authorized to make subawards under this award, you:

  1. Must notify potential subrecipients that no entity (see definition in paragraph C of this award term) may receive a subaward from you unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to you.
  2. May not make a subaward to an entity unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to you.

C. Definitions
For purposes of this award term:

1. Central Contractor Registration (CCR) means the Federal repository into which an entity must provide information required for the conduct of business as a recipient. Additional information about registration procedures may be found at the CCR Internet site (currently at

2. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number means the nine-digit number established and assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities. A DUNS number may be obtained from D&B by telephone (currently 866–705–5711) or the Internet (currently at

3. Entity, as it is used in this award term, means all of the following, as defined at 2 CFR part 25, subpart C:

a. A Governmental organization, which is a State, local government, or Indian Tribe;
b. A foreign public entity;
c. A domestic or foreign nonprofit organization;
d. A domestic or foreign for-profit organization; and
e. A Federal agency, but only as a subrecipient under an award or subaward to a non-Federal entity.

4. Subaward:

a. This term means a legal instrument to provide support for the performance of any portion of the substantive project or program for which you received this award and that you as the recipient award to an eligible subrecipient.
b. The term does not include your procurement of property and services needed to carry out the project or program (for further explanation, see Sec. ll.210 of the attachment to OMB Circular A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations’’).
c. A subaward may be provided through any legal agreement, including an agreement that you consider a contract.

5. Subrecipient means an entity that:

a. Receives a subaward from you under this award; and
b. Is accountable to you for the use of the Federal funds provided by the subaward.


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Division of Grants Policy
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