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Before applying to an EERE financial opportunity, potential applicants must complete specific registration requirements. Of the registrations listed below, the EERE Exchange registration does not have a delay; however, the remaining registration requirements could take several weeks to process and are necessary before a potential applicant can receive an award. To be eligible to receive federal funding, all potential applicants must ensure these registrations are current.

Illustration showing the five organizations that award recipients need to register with. It includes EERE Exchange, DUNS, SAM, Fed Connect, and FSRS.

Recipients should start this process as soon as possible in order to expedite the execution of an award. Registration is typically only needed once, but requires renewal after a specified period of time. Obtaining a DUNS number and registering with SAM and FSRS could take several weeks.

EERE may not execute an award with a recipient until the registrations listed above are complete. In addition, recipients may not execute subrecipient agreements until those subawardees obtain a DUNS number and complete their SAM registration. Recipients are required to keep their registration and data current throughout the duration of the project.

Visit the Resources page for additional guidance on financial assistance process, regulations, and required forms. Also, learn about how EERE evaluates and negotiates applications and how to manage your award.

Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is a unique nine-character identification number issued by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). Organizations are required have a DUNS number before registering in the System for Award Management (SAM). Call 1-866-705-5711 or register online to receive one free of charge. Obtain a DUNS number for each physical location of your business, including the plus-4 extension if applicable.

System for Award Management (SAM)

System for Award Management (SAM) is the official U.S. federal government system that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of federal procurement functions.

Applicants must designate an Electronic Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) and obtain a MPIN password. SAM registrations must be updated annually.


FedConnect is where Federal agencies make awards via the Web. This is the official portal to obtain copies of the executed award documents. 

To create an organization account, your organization's SAM MPIN is required. For more information about the SAM MPIN or other registration requirements, review the FedConnect Ready, Set, Go! Guide.

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Subaward Reporting System (FSRS)

Recipients are required to report to FSRS the names and total compensation of each of the prime recipient's five most highly compensated executives. Refer to the FSRS website for guidance on reporting requirements.