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Market Development Cooperator Program
Partnering For U.S. Companies
Breaking Down Trade-Barriers
Growing U.S. Exports
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Get Up To $300,000 For Your Trade Development Project!

The Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) is a competitive award. The award grants up to $300,000 in matching funds to help U.S. non-profit organizations address specific trade issues that affect industries and sectors of the U.S. economy. 

MDCP is a Partnership

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An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and non-profit industry groups like trade associations and standards-developing organizations. You gain a partner with more than 2000 experts located around the globe in more than 75 international markets.

Our specialists have years of experience opening doors and breaking down barriers to trade to level the playing field for U.S. companies looking to export into markets. With our team by your side, your organization and your stakeholders will have a strong advocate to help successfully guide you.

Further, an MDCP partnership allows for including the ITA emblem in a suitable place on your organization’s website, on printed programs, in promotional material and in emails. Use of the ITA emblem is the easiest and often the most appropriate way to indicate your MDCP partnership with ITA. It is a graphic reminder that your project is backed by a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

A Long History of Success

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The Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) is the U.S. government’s most successful export assistance program, that provides sustained benefits toe stakeholders long after the project ends. MDCP recipients achieve much success including:

  • Producing over $334 in exports for every $1 of ITA funding
  • Generating over $12.5 billion of exports since the program began, over 25 years ago.
  • Creating or sustaining over 15,000 U.S. Jobs annually.

Each award helps non-profit groups pursue innovative projects that address trade barriers, enhance industry competitiveness, and generate exports that create or sustain U.S. jobs. 

The MDCP Application Process

New Awards for 13 Projects Announced
On October 19, 2021, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced 13 new MDCP awards totaling $2.9 million.
Opportunity Notice: 2022 MDCP Competition
In late January 2022 ITA plans to invite new submissions of applications for MDCP awards with applications due in late May 2022.

Active Award Projects
MDCP projects can run for up to 3 years. View all the MDCP projects that are currently active.

Past MDCP Awards

Export Successes

Read about some of the awards that have had significant export successes.

Addressing Trade Barriers

Find out about some recent awards that have successfully addressed barriers to trade.

Comprehensive Awards List

View summaries of completed MDCP awards.

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