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Dun & Bradstreet- Organization Registration

Obtaining a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number for your organization is the first step in registering to submit grant applications and must be done prior to any other registrations.

Purpose of DUNS

Dun & Bradstreet will assign a unique nine-digit Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (D&B DUNS) identification number to your organization to be used with all other registrations.  

Before Registering for a DUNS Number
  • Check Government iUpdate Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer to see if your organization is already registered.

    Many organizations already have a DUNS number. In fact, many organizations have more than one. You should contact your grant administrator, financial department, chief financial officer, or authorizing official to identify your organization's DUNS number used for grant administration. It is very important to use the same DUNS number for all your registrations.

The DUNS number used in your grant application must match the DUNS number in your System for Award Management (SAM) and eRA Commons registrations in order to successfully submit.

  • If you need to register, gather the following information:
    • Name of organization
    • Organization address
    • Name of the chief executive officer (CEO) or organization owner
    • Legal structure of the organization (e.g., corporation, partnership, proprietorship)
    • Year the organization started
    • Primary type of business
    • Total number of employees (full and part-time)
How to Register for a DUNS Number

If your organization does not yet have a DUNS number, visit the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) websiteLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer to register.

Registering for a DUNS number is free of charge.

Where to Find Help

D&B Support

  • Toll Free: 1-866-705-5711
  • Email: Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer   
  • For customers located outside the US, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands,including America
    territories-Guam Marianas Islands and American Samoa: Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer  

NOTE: When obtaining a DUNS number, D&B places your organization on their marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your organization included on this marketing list, you should request not to be listed when you apply for a DUNS number.

How long does it take?
It typically takes 1-2 business days for U.S. organizations and up to 5 business days for non-U.S. organizations.
This page last updated on March 25, 2016
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