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Market Development Cooperator Program
Partnering to help U.S. companies compete in international markets

2020 MDCP Competition

Competition Basics for 2020

Through Market Development Cooperator Program – “MDCP” – awards, ITA provides technical and financial assistance to trade associations and other non-profits for projects that increase the global competitiveness of a U.S. industry.

Contact ITA now: Proposals for funding due April 27
ITA encourages interested associations to learn more on how to receive MDCP assistance.

Focus on removal of trade barriers
To be selected for funding, an applicant should propose a project in line with ITA priorities to address and remove trade barriers.

What an MDCP financial award entails
Each applicant submits a budget within these parameters:

  • Limit of $300,000 in federal MDCP award, not to exceed 33% of the budget total.
  • Budget is for the entire project term.
  • Matching cash and in-kind contribution valued at $2 for every $1 federal.
  • Project term of 3-5 years.

See "Apply for Project Funding" in the left panel for more information.

Public-private partnership
MDCP awards include financial assistance but are not grants. They are cooperative agreements characterized as follows:

Fantastic return on investment
MDCP projects generate $357 in exports for every $1 of MDCP awards made.


Below are highlights of two of the currently-funded MDCP projects whose focus is well-aligned with the ITA priorities to be used during the 2020 competition.

  • Thwarting unfair China takeover of international standards: While a China-led committee of the International Organization for Standards (ISO) drafts standards for animal feed processing machinery, ASABE, a professional society of engineers, and the American Feed Industry Association facilitate full U.S. participation to ensure that ISO adopts science-based standards that do not unfairly favor producers from China or any other country.
  • Removing restrictions on U.S. products on China’s roads: Private vehicle owners are prohibited from towing most of the travel trailers that U.S. RV firms manufacture. In Nanjing, ITA supported the RV Industry Association's hands-on technical demonstration of equipment approved for use in the United States.