In order to register with the Central Contractor Registry, a requirement for registering with Grants.gov, your organization will need a Data Universal Number System ( DUNS ) Number . A DUNS number is a unique nine-character identification number provided by the commercial company Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
Most large organizations, independent libraries, colleges and research universities already have DUNS numbers. Prior to requesting a DUNS number, you should investigate if your organization already has a DUNS number . You should ask your organization's chief financial officer, grant administrator, or authorizing official to provide your organization's DUNS number Alternatively, you can determine if your organization has a DUNS number by calling D&B at 1-866-705-5711.
If your organization does not have a DUNS number, you should ask the chief financial officer, grant administrator, or authorizing official of your organization to register for a DUNS number. It is possible to request a DUNS number online via web registration, the process can take up to 48 hours to complete. Therefore, we suggest that you do this by phone which will take about 10 minutes. There is no charge.
If your organization is located in the United States , you can request and register for a DUNS number by calling 1-866-705-5711. If your organization is located outside of the United States, you can request and register for a DUNS number online via web registration or call your local Dun & Bradstreet office.
Have the following information ready when you call:
• Name of your organization
• Organization address
• Local phone number
• Name of the CEO/Organization owner
• Legal structure of the organization (corporation, partnership,
• Year the organization started
• Primary line of business
• Total number of employees (full and part time)
As a result of obtaining a DUNS number, you have the option to be included on D&B's marketing list that is sold to other companies. If you do not want your name/organization included on this marketing list, request not to be listed when you are speaking with a D&B representative during your DUNS number telephone application.
Once you have completed the registration, your DUNS number should be available the next business day.