How to apply...
The main body of the application should include the substance of the applicant's proposal as identified in elements (1) through (4) below. It is limited to 50 pages. Elements (5) through (7) below, as well as information which supplements elements (1) through (4) should be submitted as appendices. There is no limit to the number of pages for the appendices. The elements of the application are summarized below. (1) Executive summary of one-page that lists application essentials such as a summary of the proposal, name address, contact information, ITA offices to be involved in the proposal, budget, amount of federal funds requested, term of project, U.S. industry(s) to be promoted, and target markets; (2) background research on the market potential of U.S. products to be marketed, competition, economic situation, ability/desire of the U.S. industry to export, and the ability/desire of foreign customers to purchase U.S. products; (3) project description including a work plan, performance measures, a description of performance measurement recording and reporting, and a description of how applicant plans to incorporate partnership with ITA in its project; (4) credentials including a description of the applicant's competence and resumes of principal players; (5) budget including financial statements, a detailed description of the budget, the "Budget for Project Award Period" worksheet, and the form "Budget Information" (SF-424A); (6) other forms including SF-424, SF424B, CD- 511, and CD-346. Applicants that intend to lobby the federal government with funds included in the project budget should also submit SF-LLL. All of these forms are available at www.export.gov/mdcp; (7) other appendices.
Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.
A selection panel of at least three senior ITA officials evaluates each MDCP application based on the following criteria: (1) Export success potential; (2) performance measurement; (3) partnership potential with ITA and compatibility with ITA priorities; (4) creativity and institutional capacity; and (5) budget, cash match, and sustainability. Each application can receive up to 20 points in each of the five categories for a total possible score of 100. Once applications are received, applicants may not revise them. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing within 10 days after award decisions have been announced. Since the program began in 1993, ITA has made, on average, 7 awards per year.
Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check.
Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office,
or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by
intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.