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Start early - it may take six weeks or more to complete!

  • Organization Registrations - Required registrations include eRA Commons, System for Award Management (SAM),, and Small Business Administration (if applicable). Your authorized organization representatives (also referred to as signing officials, entity administrators, or e-business points of contact) are responsible for ensuring the various organization registrations in federal systems needed to apply for grant funding are in place and active. 
  • Who Needs An Account? Investigators and Other Individuals - Once organization registrations are complete, the individuals responsible for maintaining your organization's information can assist in creating any additional individual user accounts needed to perform specific tasks. For example, creating or affiliating principal investigator accounts with the PI role in eRA Commons. Learn who needs an account in systems like eRA Commons,, SAM, and
  • Individual Registration for Unaffiliated/Independent Applicants (rare cases) - NIH typically makes awards to organizations, not individuals. In rare cases, an individual who is not affiliated with a research organization may need to register in eRA Commons. For example, the Loan Repayment Program supports contracts with individuals. LRP applicants who are not affiliated with a research organization may need to register in eRA Commons as an organization and an individual user.