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How Do I Find Federal Contract Opportunities in SAM?


Finding federal contract opportunities in SAM (System for Award Management) involves searching the database for relevant solicitations and contracts posted by federal agencies. Here’s how you can find federal contract opportunities in SAM:

  1. Access the SAM Website:
    • Start by visiting the SAM website ( and logging in to your SAM account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free.
  2. Navigate to “Contract Opportunities”:
  3. Use the Search Filters:
    • SAM provides search filters and options to help you narrow down your search for contract opportunities. You can filter opportunities based on various criteria, such as location, industry, NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) code, agency, set-aside status (e.g., small business set-asides), and more.
  4. Keyword Search:
    • If you have specific keywords or phrases related to the type of contract opportunity you’re seeking, you can use the search bar to enter those keywords. SAM will return results that match your search terms.
  5. Review Contract Listings:
  6. Click on Specific Opportunities:
    • Click on a specific contract opportunity to view more details. This may include the solicitation document, instructions for responding, and contact information for the contracting officer.
  7. Download Solicitations:
    • If you’re interested in a particular opportunity, you can often download the solicitation document or request for proposal (RFP) directly from SAM. This document provides comprehensive information about the contract requirements and how to submit a proposal.
  8. Review Important Dates:
    • Pay close attention to important dates, such as the deadline for submitting proposals, pre-proposal conferences, and question submission deadlines. Missing critical dates can result in disqualification.
  9. Contact the Contracting Officer:
    • If you have questions or need clarification about a specific contract opportunity, contact the contracting officer listed in the solicitation. They can provide guidance and address your inquiries.
  10. Submit Your Proposal:
    • If you decide to pursue a contract opportunity, follow the instructions provided in the solicitation document to prepare and submit your proposal. Ensure that you meet all requirements and deadlines.

Remember to regularly check SAM for new contract opportunities that align with your organization’s capabilities and interests. SAM is a valuable resource for businesses seeking to compete for federal contracts, and staying informed about available opportunities is essential for success in the federal marketplace.


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