The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, is a unique nine-character number that identifies an applicant’s organization. It is a tool of the U.S. Government to track how Federal funds are distributed. Most large organizations, libraries, colleges and research universities already have DUNS numbers. Department of State Grants Officers are not authorized to obtain a DUNS number on behalf of the recipient. If an applicant is registering as an Individual the applicant does not need to register for a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Please visit the Registration page for more information.  DUNS numbers are required for all grant recipient organizations prior to awarding of funds.

For more information, visit the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) online registration at or call 1-866-705-5711 to receive a DUNS number free of charge.


Applicant organizations that reside outside of the United States and its territories must obtain a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) CAGE (NCAGE) Code. To determine whether an applicant organization has a NCAGE code consult

Organizations based in a member nation or sponsored nation of NATO:

A NCAGE Code can be obtained either through an online form or directly from the Codification Bureau of the organization’s country. The requisite form is available at (PDF 46 KB). Contact information for an organization’s respective Codification Bureau can be obtained at

Organization based in a non-NATO member nation:

If the applicant organization resides in a non NATO member nation, the applicant must apply via internet only. The requisite form is available at (PDF 46 KB)..


Once an applicant organization has received its DUNS designation and, if applicable, its NCAGE designation, then it must register via the Central Contractor Registration. Despite the title, this requirement applies to grant applicants as well as contractors. The guidelines provided in this section highlight those areas of the application process which are either specific to grantees or have proven to be obstacles for many applicants in the past. Grantees should visit System for Award Management (SAM) website to create an account and begin the registration process.

Note – it can take 3-5 business days for the CCR data to be processed and approved. In addition, it can take 1-5 business days to then upload to Until the CCR data makes that transition, which could take up to two weeks, the applicant organization cannot apply for opportunities via the website.