A note sent by Matthew Portnoy PhD, NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator reports that the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) is going away soon and the government is transitioning to a new system. Currently, all companies must register in the CCR before they can apply for NIH’s and likely other agency’s grant or contract funding opportunities. CCR registration is a prerequisite before you can register at grants.gov and at the NIH eRA Commons.
At the end of July 2012, CCR services plus Federal Agency Registration (FedReg”, Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System will be migrated into the new “System for Award Management” or referred to as SAM.
With the new SAM, vendors will be able to log into one system to manage their information in one record, with one expiration date, and through one streamlined business process. Federal agencies will be able to look in one place for entity pre-award information. Everyone will have fewer passwords to remember.
Vendors do not need to do anything right away but when it is time to renew your current CCR registration then you will need to register in SAM. You will go to SAM.gov, create a simple SAM user account, and follow the online instructions to validate and update your information. The data that is currently in the system will be migrated from CCR into SAM.