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Can I Search For Sub-Award Opportunities Through SAM?


No, you cannot directly search for sub-award opportunities through the System for Award Management (SAM) website. SAM is primarily a platform for primary federal awards and contracts.

Sub-awards are typically made by prime recipients (e.g., federal agencies or large organizations that receive federal funding) to subrecipients (smaller organizations or entities) as part of a larger federal award. The process of identifying and awarding sub-awards is typically managed by the prime recipient rather than through SAM.

You can still find sub-award opportunities by:

  1. Networking with Prime Contractors: Building relationships with prime contractors can open up opportunities for subcontracts. Many prime contractors are required to subcontract a portion of their work to small businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and veterans.
  2. Checking Other Resources: There are other databases and websites where you can find subcontracting opportunities. For example, the Small Business Administration (SBA) operates a SubNet database where prime contractors can post subcontracting opportunities. Additionally, some federal agencies have their own databases or lists of subcontracting opportunities.
  3. Contacting Federal Agencies: You can also contact federal agencies directly to inquire about subcontracting opportunities related to specific contracts. Agencies may have small business liaisons or other points of contact who can provide information about subcontracting opportunities.
  4. Using the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Database: The DSBS database is another resource that can be used to find subcontracting opportunities. It is a searchable database of small businesses that have registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). Prime contractors often use this database to find small business subcontractors.

By leveraging these resources and actively networking with prime contractors and federal agencies, you can find sub-award opportunities that are relevant to your business.

Please note that policies and procedures related to sub-awards may vary by federal agency and program. It’s essential to research and understand the specific requirements and processes for sub-awards within the context of the federal program you are interested in.


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