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


Program Description

An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and non-profit industry groups like trade associations and standards-developing organizations. Such groups are particularly effective in reaching small- and medium-size enterprises. The non-profit groups compete for a limited number of MDCP awards by proposing innovative projects that address trade barriers, enhance industry competitiveness, and generate exports that create or sustain U.S. jobs. Industry groups pledge to pay a minimum of two-thirds of the project cost and to sustain the project after the MDCP award period ends. On average from 1997 through 2020, projects generated $334 in exports for every $1 of MDCP awards made.

MDCP Projects Generate Exports that Create or Sustain U.S. Jobs

Help Organizations that Help Companies

While MDCP financial assistance awards go to trade associations and other non-profit industry groups, the ultimate beneficiaries of MDCP-funded projects are individual U.S. businesses that export, the U.S. workers they employ, and other U.S. workers whose jobs depend on these export jobs. On average, each year14,832 jobs are created or sustained directly or indirectly by MDCP project activity.

Get a better idea by reviewing a description of active projects as well as completed projects.

Some U.S. companies may be interested in licensing technology to foreign business partners. Such a transaction would be considered to be an export; however, it would not be an export that creates or sustains U.S. jobs. Any export sale that does not tend to create U.S. jobs or to sustain current U.S. jobs is not the type of export that MDCP projects should be designed to support.

Individual Award Limit of $300,000

Funds may be expended over a minimum of three years at whatever rate makes sense for the project undertaken. The project period may not exceed five years.

ITA Plans Late September Award Announcement

ITA plans to announce the 2021 MDCP awards publicly by the end of September 2021. Winners of MDCP awards will likely receive official notification of awards a week to 10 days before the awards are publicized. 

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2022 MDCP Competition

Opportunity notice for 2022 MDCP Competition.

In late January 2022 the International Trade Administration (ITA) plans to publish a notice at inviting the submission of applications for Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards with applications due in late May 2022.

To discuss particular project ideas, contact us at to set up a virtual meeting.