News – Scheduled Downtime: April 1-April 4 will be down beginning Friday, April 1, 2022 at 8 pm ET and will be back online no later than Monday, April 4, 2022 at 9 am ET.

What does this mean for SBIR/STTR applicants?

Starting Monday, April 4, the new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) generated in will be the official government-wide identifier used for federal awards.

The UEI replaces the Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. When is back online, DUNS numbers will no longer be displayed or accepted for entity registration, reporting or searching. This applies to sub-awardees as well.

Applying for NIH SBIR/STTR funding by the Tuesday, April 5 deadline?

All SBIR/STTR applicants must have a UEI at the time of application

When you’re working in ASSIST to fill in forms and upload proposals, you will need your UEI number. Write down your UEI before goes down, ensuring you can access it if you need it.

NEW APPLICANTS: The last day to obtain a new DUNS number for the purpose of getting a UEI or registering in is Tuesday, March 29.

*The likelihood of receiving your registration confirmation back in time to submit your NIH SBIR/STTR proposal,  for the April 5th NIH submission, if you are only registering on March 29th, is extremely small.

Please see our post on UEI HERE for additional information.