Application Resources

Use the resources provided below during the application process.

Application Resources
Resource What? Why? When?
Grants.govexternal icon System for finding and applying for federal grants Provides a means to submit and track applications electronically Register before submitting an application
eRA Commons: System for electronic processing of research grants To provide an online interface where organizations (e.g. signing officials, principal investigators) can access and share administrative information relating to research grants
  • Register before submitting an application
  • Manage administrative information throughout life of award
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B); Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) numberexternal icon A unique 9-digit ID number that identifies organizations by their physical location; required for all organizations receiving Federal financial awards A DUNS number is required to enter SAM.gov (info below) and for all applicants All applicants must register and obtain a DUNS number prior to applying
System for Award Management: SAM.govexternal icon Federal system that consolidates federal acquisition and assistance systems Allows applicants and grantees to register for required systems prior to award:
  • Central Contractor Registry (CCR)
  • Federal Agency Registration (FedReg)
  • Online Representations and Certifications Application
  • Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

Also provides publicly accessible registration data for search or downloading

All registrations must be up-to-date prior to submitting application
CDC Budget Preparation Guidelines pdf icon[PDF – 416 KB] Guidance for applicants on preparing a budget request Provides examples and templates to assist applicants in developing a proper budget For use during the application process
Grant Assurances Submission Website to enable organizations the ability to submit their Grant Assurances and Certifications to CDC annually rather than with each grant application. Annually
Division of Payment Management System (PMS)external icon A full service centralized grants payment and cash management system for Federal Agencies. Provides awarding Agencies and Grant recipients the tools to manage grant payment requests, and disbursement reporting activities.
Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP– IRB approvals)external icon Organization that provides leadership in the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Helps ensure this by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, maintaining regulatory oversight, and providing advice on ethical and regulatory issues in biomedical and social-behavioral research.
Indirect Cost Rateexternal icon The cognizant federal agency for reviewing and negotiating facility and administrative (indirect) cost rates, fringe benefit rates, special rates as determined to be appropriate, research patient care rates, statewide cost allocation plans and public assistance cost allocation plans. These indirect-costs rates and cost allocation plans are used by grantee institutions to charge Federal programs for administrative and facility costs associated with conducting Federal programs.

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Page last reviewed: July 13, 2018