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What is is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards. By registering once on this site, your organization can apply for grants from 26 different Federal agencies.

Getting started with is easy!

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Just follow these easy steps, and you will be on your way to applying for Grants or Cooperative Agreements from the USGS.

Get Registered - is made up of two features, Find Grant Opportunities and Apply for Grants. While you can begin searching for grant opportunities for which you would like to apply immediately, it is recommended that you complete the registration process sooner rather than later. The initial registration process on can take from 1- 3 weeks depending on your organization.

1. Register your Organization -- Before you can apply for a grant through, your organization must obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and register with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). safeguards organizations from individuals who may attempt to submit grant application packages without permission by providing organizations with an E-Business Point of Contact (POC). The E-Business Point of Contact determines who in your organization is allowed to submit grant applications via

Request a DUNS Number -- In order to register with the Central Contractor Registry, a requirement for registering with, 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).

Register with CCR -- Your organization will need to be registered with Central Contractor Registry (CCR) before you can submit a grant application through When your organization registers with the CCR, you will be required to designate an E-Business Point of Contact. This individual will become the sole authority of the organization with the capability of designating, or revoking, an individual’s ability to submit grant applications on behalf of their organization through To register, Go to the CCR Website and select the "Start New Registration" option to begin the registration process. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing of your registration including the IRS Validation.

2. Register as an Authorized Organization Representative -- Once the CCR Registration is complete, your organization is finished registering. Now you must register with to establish yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR), an individual authorized to submit grant applications for your organization.

Register with the Credentialed Provider -- To register as an AOR, you will need to register with the Credential Provider for, Operational Research Consultants (ORC). When you register with ORC, you will receive a username and password, which you will need to Register with as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Note that the eBusiness Point of Contact for your organization will need to assign these rights to you once you have registered with

Register with -- Once you have received your username and password from the Credential Provider, you will need to continue the registration process by creating your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile. Enter the username and password that you created during the Credential Provider registration to access the set-up for the profile. You will be prompted to enter your name, phone number, email address, title and your organization’s DUNS number. Once you finish and save the information at, will notify the E-Business Point of Contact via email. You will be carbon-copied on that email. The E-Business POC will need to log into and authorize your profile. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS UNTIL THIS AUTHORIZATION HAS OCCURRED.

3. AOR Authorization -- Even though you have begun your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) registration, your E-Business POC still must authorize you in order to verify that you have the authority to submit grant applications on behalf of your organization.

E-Business POC Login -- The designated E-Business Point of Contact (POC) from an applicant organization has the capability of designating, or revoking, the privileges of the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). The E-Business POC will need to enter the organization DUNS number and the designated MPIN from the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). The MPIN is a unique number that is created by your organization when the initial CCR registration is created. If you do not have an MPIN, please visit for further information on obtaining an MPIN for your organization.

Find Grant Opportunities - provides organizations with the ability to search for Federal government-wide grant opportunities. The Office of Federal Financial Management recently issued a policy directive (.pdf) requiring that all Federal agencies post grant opportunities online as of November 7. Click the Search Grant Opportunities link to begin your search.

Apply for Grants - Do you have the Funding Opportunity and/or CFDA number of the grant for which you want to apply? You need it to download a grant application and apply for a grant. If you have the Funding opportunity and/or CFDA number, you are ready to download the application package and begin the process to apply for grants through

Track your Submitted Application - Once has received your submission, you will receive email messages to advise you of your application’s progress. Over the next 24 to 48 hours, you should receive two emails. The first will confirm receipt of your application by the system, and the second will indicate that the application has either been successfully validated by the system prior to transmission to the grantor agency or has been rejected due to errors.

Applicant Help - is committed to customer service and offers several different resources to help you navigate our website and the grant application process.


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