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11.112 Export Promotion Market Development Cooperation
INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418, Title II, Section 2303, 102 Stat. 1342, 15 U.S.C. 4723.
Through the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), the International Trade Administration (ITA) aims to develop, maintain and expand foreign markets for nonagricultural goods and services produced in the United States.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
A detailed description of the program is published each year in a notice in the Federal Register. The most recent notice published is available at www.export.gov/mdcp, or from the contact listed in "Information Contacts" below. The most prominent uses and restrictions are summarized below. (1) Applicants should propose foreign market development activities that result in increased exports by U.S. firms; (2) the primary beneficiaries of project activity should be small-and medium-sized enterprises; (3) no more than $400,000 in Federal funds is available for each project; (4) the Federal funds are to last for the life of the project, not to exceed three years; (5) applicant match is two for one: for each Federal dollar received, applicant must match at least one dollar with cash and another dollar with cash or in-kind contribution; and (6) Federal funds and the first dollar of applicant match can be used only on direct costs.
Applicant Eligibility: Applicants are found to be eligible in one of three categories: (1) Nonprofit industry organizations (includes small business development centers, World Trade Centers, and 501(c) nonprofits such as chambers of commerce, international trade centers, port authorities, economic development organizations, and other business interest groups); (2) trade associations; and (3) State departments of trade and their regional associations (includes centers for international trade and similar entities that may fall within a university organization). The Statute stipulates that private industry firms or groups of firms may be found eligible in cases where no entity described above represents that industry. However, since the program began operating in 1993, no private firm has been able to demonstrate that an organization in one of the first three categories did not represent its interests.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418, Title II, Section 2303, 102 Stat. 1342, 15 U.S.C. 4723. This information on formula and matching requirements is published in the Federal Register in an annual solicitation for applications, available at www.export.gov/mdcp.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Award recipients submit reports and requests as set forth below. (1) Quarterly reports: (a) progress in project activity, and (b) financial status (SF-269); (2) requests/reports as needed: (a) Advance or reimbursement request (SF-270); and (b) cash transactions reports (SF-272)(for recipients that receive award funds in advance).
Account Identification: 13-1250-0-1-376.
In fiscal year 2001, ITA received 61 applications and made seven awards.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Applicants can link to Internet sources for each of the authorities cited below at www.export.gov/mdcp. (1) MDCP-specific authorities and guidelines: (a) Federal Register notice soliciting applications; (b) mock application; and (c) application kit; (2) statutory authority: Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418, Title II, Section 2303,102 Stat. 1342, 15 U.S.C. 4723. (3) regulatory/administrative guidelines: (a) costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and with OMB Circular No. A- 122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; (b) financial assistance management will be in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations and 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Examples of activities which applicants from prior years have found appropriate are set forth below. These are provided only for illustration. Applicants are not required to propose any of these activities (1) Foreign trade shows; (2) foreign trade missions; (3) reverse trade missions; (4) product demonstrations abroad; (5) export seminars; (6) technical seminars abroad; (7) joint product promotions with foreign partners; (8) establishment of offices abroad; (9) co-locating an office with the U.S.& Foreign Commercial Service; (10) advice to foreign standards and testing organizations; (11) training of foreign agents and distributors; and (12) creating and promoting matchmaking databases. Descriptions of the 61 MDCP award recipients' projects are available at www.export.gov/mdcp.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Additional details on the selection criteria are published in the Federal Register in an annual solicitation for applications. The most recent solicitation is available at www.export.gov/mdcp.