Transitioning from DUNS Number to Unique Entity ID


Author: Natalie Choules 

Federal grant applicants must register their organization with the System for Award Management (SAM) on to apply for and receive federal grant money. Organizations registered on are assigned a unique number that is used to identify each applicant. Previously, this number was called the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and was administered by Dun & Bradstreet.

As of April 4, 2022, has begun to phase out the DUNS number and has replaced it with the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). This means that federal applicants will no longer have to use a third party to obtain a means of identification, as this will now be issued within This has been done with the intent to streamline the identification and validation process for federal grant applicants.

If you are already registered in, you will automatically be assigned a UEI. You can view your UEI within or on within your organization profile. If your organization is not registered yet, you will need to complete the registration process before obtaining a UEI. It is important to note that while your UEI does not expire, your entity registration will still need to be renewed each year in in order to remain active.  

If you would like to learn more about the UEI and the transition from the DUNS number, please reach out to an expert at Germane Solutions.



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