What is an Assistance Listing Number (ALN, formerly CFDA)?

The Assistance Listing Number (ALN), formerly known as the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number, is a five-digit number assigned in the award document for all federal assistance award mechanisms, including federal grants and cooperative agreements. It is used for governmental reporting and auditing.

The first two digits of the Assistance Listing Number reflect the federal grantor agency followed by a decimal point. The final three digits following the decimal) indicate the federal program funding the project within the agency. The partial list below represents some common funding agencies for UArizona. Assistance listing format examples: ##.###, 93.866

    10: U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    12: U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    15: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
    43: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    45: National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities (NEA, NEH)
    47: National Science Foundation (NSF)
    64: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    81: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
    84: U.S. Department of Education
    93: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

The US Federal Government renamed the "Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance" (CFDA) to "Assistance Listing Number" (ALN). Agency websites and awards may transition to the new labeling. In June, 2023 this label change appeared in the UAccess Research (UAR) system, most notably in Proposal Development, Institutional Proposal, and Award. UAccess Financials continues to use the "CFDA" label. No matter which label is used, it is the same identifier!

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