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UH System Overview

The University of Hawai’i (UH), established in 1907, is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university, with the mission of serving the public by creating, preserving, and transmitting knowledge in a multi-cultural environment, supporting the values and goals of a democratic society and improving quality of life for present and future generations.

The UH system includes three university campuses and seven community colleges, conferring associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; plus a number of university and education centers, and research facilities, across the Hawaiian Islands. All campuses of the UH system are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is the only state-supported institution of higher learning in Hawai’i.  Numerous professional programs offered by UH campuses are also separately accredited by their appropriate professional accrediting body.

The University is positioned to take advantage of the islands’ unique location, physical, and biological environment, and rich cultural setting. As the only public higher education institution in Hawai’i, the UH system bears a special responsibility to prepare a highly educated citizenry. In addition, the system supports the creation of quality jobs and the preparation of an educated workforce to fill them. Building on the strong liberal arts foundation, the UH system prepares the full array of workers from engineers, scientists, physicians, to artists, teachers, technicians, to marketing specialists who are needed in a technologically advanced and culturally diverse island state.

The following is a quick reference for proposal preparation.

Legal Applicant University of Hawai’i
Mailing Address

University of Hawai’i
Office of Research Services
2440 Campus Road, Box 368
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822-2234 (Please state all 9-digits, when possible)
Physical Address University of Hawai’i
Office of Research Services
2425 Campus Road, Room 1
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822-2247
Phone: (808) 956-7800
FAX: (808) 956-9081
Authorized Institutional Representative Vassilis L. Syrmos
Interim Director, Office of Research Services
Type of Organization State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Tax Status

The University of Hawai’i is an Instrumentality of the State, established by law under Hawai’i Revised Statute §304-2. As such, the University is statutorily exempt from income taxes under Internal Revenue Code §115.

W-9 2021 ORS Mailing Address

W-9 2021 ORS Physical Address

IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) This is a tax identification number assigned to all entities which employ people, pay pensions, or open business bank accounts. This number is usually required on Federal application cover pages or their Representation and Certification page.99-6000354 (FOR NSF do not include hyphen)
Cognizant Federal Government Audit Agency U.S. Department of Education
Post Audit Group
550 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Chuck Laster
Cognizant Federal Government F&A/CAS Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Cost Allocation
1301 Young Street, Room 732
Dallas, TX 75202

Arif Karim, Director

Contact: Jeanette Lu

Phone: (415) 437-7820

Unique Entity ID

Data Universal Numbering System assigned by Dun & Bradstreet which provides a credit rating to UH.  Effective September 1, 2012, each campus may use its assigned DUNS # for proposal submissions unless specifically prohibited by the sponsor (e.g., National Science Foundation).

The Unique Entity Identifier, or the SAM UEI, is the official name of the “new, non-proprietary identifier” that will replace the DUNS beginning in April 2022. 

UH Mānoa 965088057
UH Hilo 195738039 KEXVZ79F9UU9
UH West O’ahu 195737551 UALXDJ3K6393
UH Maui College 195736207 EPDWD1VHEBD8
UH System 078495204 VL5FH97BNMH5
Hawai’i CC 195737056 CLS9KEX1ZET8
Honolulu CC 195736801 LN5ED3QCV1F5
Kapi’olani CC 195736512 DM38AFDLWMU6
Kaua’i CC 195736348 W9H3CLDVMLD9
Leeward CC 195736272 N1A9NHKWXT75
Windward CC 195306753 SPAVLJ6CPBQ5
Contractor Establishment Code (CEC Code) 9U318
Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Contractor Purchasing System Review Approval Letter
Commercial & Government Entity Code (CAGE Code) UH Mānoa – 0W411
UH Hilo – 38KY4
UH West O’ahu – 38KX7
UH Maui College – 38KD9
UH System – 5GER7
Hawai’i CC – 38LF5
Honolulu CC – 38LF4
Kapi’olani CC – 38LF7
Kaua’i CC – 38LF6
Leeward CC – 38KM0
Windward CC – 38LF3
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) # 611310


Title III and Title V Programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Each campus of the University of Hawaii System may apply annually for eligibility under the US Department of Education’s Title III and Title V programs as Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions and/or Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders-serving institutions. Eligibility status is approved or denied by U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

Current eligibility letters by campus are linked here:

West O’ahu


Qualifying UH campuses may be described as a “Minority Serving Institution”, which is a general term that includes specific designations such as “Native Hawaiian-serving institution” and “Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution”.

The University of Hawaii does not qualify as a “Minority Institution” as defined by Section 365(3) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067k), and when the definition of “minority” is limited to “American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander or other ethnic group underrepresented in science and engineering.”

The term “Minority Institution” is often used in federal science and engineering solicitations. Some solicitations may limit submission to “Minority Institutions”. Note that this term should not be confused with “Minority Serving Institution”. Principal investigators looking to apply to solicitations using these terms are encouraged to read the eligibility requirements carefully. When the eligibility requirements are unclear please seek guidance from the solicitation’s federal administrative/contract contact and your assigned ORS Contracts & Grants Specialist.

Title III Programs include but are not limited to:

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (ANNH)

The ANNH program helps eligible institutions of higher education increase their self-sufficiency and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible applicants.

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI)

The purpose of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program is to support institutions of higher education in their effort to increase their self-sufficiency through two-year grants to improve academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

SIP helps postsecondary schools expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability, as well as build a framework to help students complete college.

More information may be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.

This identification number is assigned to institutions that are in the Post secondary Education Participants System. This system is maintained by the Office of Post Secondary Education and was originally created by the Federal Interagency Committee on Education (FICE).
Mānoa 00161000
UH Hilo 00161100
Hawai’i CC 00525800
Honolulu CC 00161200
Kapi’olani CC 00161300
Leeward CC 00454900
UH Maui College 00161500
Kauai CC 00161400
West O’ahu 02107800
Windward CC 01122000


NSF Institutional Code
IRB Multiple Project Assurance Code (CHS Number) This code identifies that the University has an Institutional Review Board in place that meets federal standards and that the University is approved to conduct research involving human subjects.CONTACT PERSON: Victoria Rivera
Institutional Animal Care & Usage Committee (IACUC Number) This number is assigned to the University and identifies that the University is approved to use animals in its research and that it has facilities that meet federal standards for the care of animals.CONTACT PERSON: Norman Magno or Denise Yee