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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!

Through an annual competition, ITA selects a limited number of U.S. non-profit organizations to receive Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards. A recipient gets up to $300,000 to pursue a 3-5-year project designed to remove trade barriers and help U.S. firms to export. 

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. MDCP award recipients and their stakeholders continue to benefit long after the project ends. MDCP award recipients:

  • Generate over $334 in exports for every $1 of ITA funding
  • Have tallied over $12.5 billion of exports since the program began, over 25 years ago.
  • Create or sustain 14,000 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. 

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Application Period Opening Soon!
ITA intends to launch a new MDCP competition round in the first quarter of 2022. Get a head start by finding out if your organization is eligible today!

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.
2022 MDCP Competition
In February 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 5 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.