Get Started with Credentials

Before you can do business with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Navy (DoN), Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies, you may need to obtain certain credentials.

Federal Supply Classification  and North American Industry Classification Codes

ONR, DoN, DoD and other federal agencies frequently list product and service requirements by Federal Supply Classification (FSC) Code, or North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code. It is helpful to know the FSC and NAICS code(s) that are applicable to the product(s) or service(s) you are interested in marketing:

Obtain Data Universal Number System Number

You must obtain a data universal numbering system (DUNS) number to conduct business with ONR. A DUNS Number is a unique nine-digit identification sequence that provides a unique identifier for a business entity, while linking corporate family structures together. You can obtain a free DUNS number online.

Register with the System for Award Management

You must register in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the official U.S. government system that consolidated the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration System/Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) and Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). SAM registration is free at  

Obtain a NATO Contactor and Government Entity Code

All vendors must obtain a NATO contractor and government entity code (commonly referred to as a CAGE code). A CAGE code is a five position code that identifies contractors doing business with the federal government, NATO member nations and other foreign governments. The CAGE code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government and provides for a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. The code may be used for a facility clearance, a pre-award survey, automated bidders' lists, identification of debarred bidders, fast pay processes, etc.

If you are a U.S.-based vendor, you will be assigned a CAGE Code when you register in the SAM. Foreign vendors must contact your country representative.

Fraud Alert

The process for applying for government grants and contracts is free, and all applicable websites will have a .gov or .mil extension. There have been reports of potential awardees being contacted by individuals claiming to be government agents and implying that in order to claim federal grant or contract money, the awardee must send the agent personal information or money. Government agencies do not use social media or make direct phone calls to solicit, review or make awards. No government staff will call or message you to request money to ensure eligibility for an award.

If you, or individuals you know, are contacted in this way, please pass all information to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) ( and local law enforcement authorities. Contact also can be reported to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General using the GSA Fraud Line (1-800-424-5210), via e-mail, or using the web form (

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