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Decoding a Federal Award ID

The award identification (Award ID) is a unique identifier assigned to an award, contract, grant, or cooperative agreement. The Award ID may contain a combination of numbers, letters, or punctuation marks, such as a period (.) or a dash (-).

National Institutes of Health (NIH) award numbering allows you to quickly determine numerous pieces of information, such as the application type, activity code, institute code, or support year. For example 1R01CA123456-01 means the award in question is a new application type (1), supporting a research project grant (R01), funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute (CA), in the first year of support (-01). Other NIH Activity Codes can include “R” (research), “P” (project/ center grants), or “U” (cooperative agreement) funded awards.

Department of Defense (DOD) award numbering follows a specific format. If the 9th digit is a 1, the award is a grant, if it is a 2, the award is a cooperative agreement, and if it is a letter, the award is acontract. For example, W81XWH18-1-xxxx is a grant (1) while W912D1-21-P-xxxx is a purchase order (P). Other procurement instruments also use letters to identify the funding mechanism selected by the DOD.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grants and cooperative agreements use a standard format that identifies the agency, center, fiscal year, action number, and procurement code. If the award is funded as a cooperative agreement, “A” will be used as the procurement code, grants (other than training grants) will use “G”, while training grants will use “H”. For example, NNC21AA01H is the first (AA01) training grant (H) awarded by Glenn Research Center (C) in Fiscal Year 2021 (21)

Department of Education grants use a standardized format that includes the office designator, numeric suffix, CFDA numeric suffix of the program, fiscal year and unique identifier. For example, P031B201234 is designated by the Office of Postsecondary Education (P), with CFDA suffix 031, from fiscal year 20, with a unique identifier of 1234.