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

2021 MDCP Competition

Competition Basics for 2021

Contact ITA now: Proposals for funding due May 25
ITA encourages interested associations to explore how to leverage MDCP financial and technical assistance to help U.S. companies in their industry to export. Contact Jessica.Dulkadir@trade.gov to set up a conversation.

Priority objective of MDCP projects
To be selected for funding, show how your project will help ITA to create or sustain U.S. jobs by increasing or maintaining exports

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.

Public-private partnership
MDCP awards include financial assistance but are not grants. They are cooperative agreements characterized as follows:

Fantastic return on investment
MDCP projects generate $334 in exports for every $1 of MDCP awards made.

Conference calls to discuss the 2021 competition
Dial 1-253-372-2016 and enter code 908647001#. Call times are in the Eastern Time Zone:

Feb. 18: 2:30 p.m.

Mar. 3: 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 9:  11:00 a.m.

Mar. 30:  2:30 p.m.

Apr. 14:  1:00 p.m.

Apr. 27:  11:30 a.m.

May 13:  2:30 p.m. 

Examples

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 2021 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.

  • Helping small firms export $160 million. At SEMA’s annual international business development events held in China and the Middle East, U.S. specialty equipment companies not only have the opportunity to meet potential buyers, but also learn about market-specific vehicle customization trends, and gain access to vehicles not made or sold in the United States. This enables them to make aftermarket products for export. By obtaining the relevant data, U.S. companies can develop, manufacture and export customized aftermarket parts for these international vehicles. SEMA has helped scores of its members rack up exports of $160 million during its multi-year MDCP relationship with ITA..