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.
- See Trade.gov/mdcp for a schedule of informational conference calls.
- Contact your domestic Commercial Service office.
- Email MDCP Director: Brad.Hess@trade.gov and Jessica.Dulkadir@trade.gov.
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.
MDCP awards include financial assistance but are not grants. They are cooperative agreements characterized as follows:
- Private sector award recipient (cooperator) leads with innovative ideas.
- ITA supports with a team of federal trade professionals.
- Project work is co-branded with ITA, including its Commercial Service.
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.