System for Award Management
The System for Award Management (SAM) is maintained by the General Service Administration and is the official U.S. government system that consolidates the capabilities of the Central Contractor Registration, Excluded Parties List System, and other government systems. SAM is the primary vendor database for the U.S. federal government. The system consolidates numerous databases used to track pre- and post-award information about entities that receive federal funding. SAM is used to validate applicant information and electronically share secure and encrypted data with federal agencies’ finance offices to facilitate paperless payments through electronic funds transfer (EFT). Other systems, including the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, will be migrated into SAM in future deployments.
Grant forms are posted on various Grants.gov, Department of Commerce, and Office of Management and Budget websites.
Visit the federal government’s sole access point for finding and applying for grants.
Proposal and Logic Model Development
The two government websites listed here provide proposal development guidance, while the University of Wisconsin website provides instruction on logic model development, especially ways to measure and capture outcomes and impacts to show results of an activity (grant).
Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
The White House Office of Management and Budget uses this unique nine-digit number to identify organizations that receive grant awards and to track dispersed grants.
Internal Revenue Service
Refer to these sites if you need a taxpayer identification number or an employee identification number (one of which is mandatory to complete your Central Contractor Registration information).
Operational Research Consultants (Grants.gov’s Credential Provider)
As the credential provider for Grants.gov, this organization verifies that an individual is who she or he claims to be. After you register with this credential provider, you will receive a username and password that you will need to register with Grants.gov.
NOAA's Environmental Data Management Policy Including Data Sharing Procedures and Information
All NOAA grantees must share data produced under NOAA grants and cooperative agreements in a timely fashion, except where limited by law, regulation, policy, or security requirements. Grantees must address this requirement formally by preparing a Data Sharing Plan as part of their grant project narrative.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance
Applicants must complete proposals according to environmental requirements noted in grant announcements or in requests for applications. Applicants must provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of non-indigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). After applications are submitted, NOAA may require additional information to fulfill NEPA requirements. If NOAA determines that an environmental assessment is required, applicants may be requested to assist in drafting the assessment. Applicants may also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts of their proposal. The White House Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations and the following websites provide more information on NEPA, including NOAA’s NEPA compliance, and NOAA’s Administrative Order on Environmental Review Procedures for Implementing NEPA:
NOAA’s Open Source GIS Community
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation. Each volume of the CFR is updated once each calendar year. The following section has a bearing on NOAA grants: Title 15 – Commerce and Foreign Trade, Part 14 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and, Subpart A – General.
Department of Commerce, Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual
This grants manual is intended to provide a common understanding of the framework for the administration of grants and cooperative agreements within which Department of Commerce staff members and responsible recipient officials must operate.
Department of Commerce, Grants Management Division
This site includes information on Department of Commerce grant policies, opportunities, agency contacts, and Grants Online.
Department of Commerce, NOAA Grants Management Division
This site includes information on grant policy, training, forms, and on-line resources related to award administration.
This is a site for Department of Commerce grant officials and applicants who become grantees. This unified grant processing system has been used by NOAA program officers since 2005 and by NOAA recipients since 2006. Other Department of Commerce programs started using this site in 2008.
Grants Online, Program Management Office
This site provides training resources for grant recipients and federal management. A presentation on business rules for award action requests is included for recipients.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel, Federal Assistance Law Division
The Federal Assistance Law Division assists the Commerce Department with all legal services associated with federal assistance.
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Automated Standard Application for Payments
This on-line site allows grantees to draw from accounts pre-authorized by federal agencies.
Grants Online, Public Search Feature
This site allows the public to see information on Department of Commerce grants, such as recipients, grant amounts, project titles, and project periods. Searches can be made using a number of parameters, including line agencies, program offices, projects according to the year they were funded, project titles, project descriptions, principal investigators, recipient names, project periods, congressional districts, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers, and others.
The General Services Administration maintains an inventory of government contracts, grants, and other award information. The purpose of this site is to provide public awareness of government spending.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
The CFDA provides a full listing of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the U.S.; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
Grants Policy Committee
The Chief Financial Officers Council (CFO) established the Grants Policy Committee (GPC). The CFO Council is made up of the CFOs and Deputy CFOs of the largest federal agencies and senior officials of Office of Management and Budget and Treasury who work collaboratively to improve financial management in the U.S. Government. The GPC is committed to serving the best interests of the grants community by continually identifying opportunities to improve Federal financial assistance.
Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
The site identifies Fish and Wildlife Service natural resource assistance grant programs available to governmental, public, and private organizations, as well as groups and individuals.
Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
This site identifies USGS grant programs, such as the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and Water Resources Research National Competitive Grant Program, and provides information on open announcements, agency policies, submission of unsolicited proposals, and grants management.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This site addresses how you may apply for a grant, write a proposal, get grants management training, find the closest EPA grants management office, and receive a payment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW)
This site includes information on grant programs and opportunities relevant to watershed protection and restoration.
Environment Canada’s Green Source Funding database is designed to help Canadian communities identify sources and resources to fund environmental projects that will benefit its natural environment.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA’s Acquisition Internet Service (NAIS) provides information on preparing and submitting a proposal, a guidebook for proposers responding to an announcement, guidance for the preparation and submission of unsolicited proposals, lists of past and present opportunities, a frequently asked questions page on awards and contracts, and other information.
NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES)
NASA NSPIRES is a Web-based system that supports the entire lifecycle of NASA research solicitation and selection, from the release of solicitation announcements through the proposal submission, peer review, and decision processes. Users may search for closed, past, and future NASA research announcements.
National Science Foundation
This site highlights recent awards, allows users to search for past awards, provides guidance on award policies, addresses the agency’s merit review process, and contains standard terms and conditions for research grants, including agency-specific research terms and conditions (e.g., the Department of Commerce). Agency guides are included on proposal preparation, the application process, and award administration.
NOAA Climate Program Office
This site provides an overview of the Climate Program Office and identifies specific grant programs with ongoing or open climate grant announcements.
NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center, Office of Habitat Conservation
This site identifies past projects funded by the Restoration Center; and funding opportunities available from the NOAA Restoration Center, other NOAA offices, other federal organizations, and nonfederal organizations.
NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center, Office of Protected Resources, John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program
This site highlights open Restoration Center grant announcements, past grant competitions, other federal grant programs, and grants management information—including a frequently asked questions page—for applicants.
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)
This site provides grants management information for applicants and recipients. Agency and program application requirements, an archive of funding announcements, and a frequently asked questions document for applicant and recipient guidance are included.
NOAA Office of Education
This site focuses on informal education grant projects that engage the public and professional audiences in activities that increase ocean or climate literacy and the adoption of a stewardship ethic. The Office of Education has Bay Watershed and Education programs in the following regions: California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai’i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Funding opportunities are highlighted, and there are frequently asked questions for Spherical Display Systems and on a variety of grant management topics.
NOAA Pacific Region Grants Cooperative
The NOAA Pacific Region Grants Cooperative (PRGC) is an initiative of Federal Program Officers and grant administration staff representing the various NOAA line offices within the Pacific Islands Region. The site provides information on the PRGC including its annual report, contacts, funding, and grant resources.
NOAA Sea Grant Program
This site provides suggestions for Grants.gov submissions, grant forms, and requests for proposals, and addresses other sources of funding, primarily through state Sea Grant programs.
Office of Management and Budget
Working cooperatively with the grantmaking agencies and the grantee community, the Office of Management and Budget leads development of government-wide policy to assure that grants are managed properly and that Federal dollars are spent in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)
OCRM sponsors grants related to Coastal Management, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Coral Reef Conservation, Regional Ocean Partnerships, and for projects in other areas. The Regional Ocean Partnership is jointly managed by the Coastal Services Center and OCRM. Refer to individual program websites for more information on their grant programs.