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 year 16,728 jobs are created or sustained directly or indirectly by MDCP project activity.
See select examples of exports generated by MDCP projects. For many U.S. firms, exports are not possible until trade barriers are removed. Read about some of the MDCP projects that are addressing trade barriers.
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.
Flyer: This two-page flyer is the same one that is available in hard-copy from U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) nationwide as well as from other ITA staff based in Washington, DC. Linking to this flyer avoids printing, but additional print copies can be ordered here.
A PowerPoint presentation includes a general overview of how the program works.
Opportunity notice for 2021 MDCP Competition.
On February 2, 2021, the International Trade Administration (ITA) published a notice at grants.gov inviting the submission of applications for Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards. Applications are due May 25.
See the schedule of informational conference calls.To discuss particular project ideas, please contact Jessica Dulkadir to set up a virtual meeting.