U.S. Government Export Assistance Program, USA

Through an annual competition, the International Trade Administration (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, matched two-to-one by its own resources, to pursue a 3-5-year project designed to remove trade barriers and help U.S. firms to export.

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 for U.S. companies looking to export. With our team by your side, your organization and your stakeholders will have a strong advocate and collaborator 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 a graphic reminder that your project is backed by a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.

Eligibility & Project Ideas

An MDCP award to your organization will benefit not just your group, but rather a broad base of U.S. firms or even all U.S. firms in a particular industry.


We invite the following organizations to apply:

  • Trade associations
  • State departments of trade
  • Regional associations of trade and economic development
  • World Trade Centers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Small business development centers
  • Non-profit industry organizations

Project Ideas

Past MDCP projects have included:

  • Trade Barrier Removal
  • Industry Export Expansion
  • Standards and Regulatory Adoptions
  • Infrastructure and Training
  • Industry Advocacy
  • Check out Active Awards and Completed Awards for more inspiration.

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Brock Doctoral Scholarship

Dr. Margaret McCready Tribute Scholarship

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