National Resources 2020-10-13T12:22:23+00:00

National Resources

Below is an overview of additional resources to help with your international efforts. For more information on each organization, reference the tabs on the left side of the page or follow the link to the company website. 

U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA)
Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative (GIRI)
www.ustda.gov
USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding projects preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries. GIRI is designed to leverage U.S. infrastructure solutions in the agribusiness, healthcare, energy, ICT and transportation sectors. USTDA invites project sponsors in emerging markets or U.S. companies working with project sponsors in emerging markets to submit initial proposals to USTDA no later than October 19, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)
www.exim.gov
America’s official export credit agency helping businesses with products including the following: export credit insurance, working capital guarantee and term financing.

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
www.ncats.nih.gov
NCATS invites small businesses and research organizations involved in commercializing innovative medical technologies to apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding through a number of investigator-initiated and targeted grants and contracts.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Small Business Programs (SBIR & STTR)
www.nia.nih.gov
The NIA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (STTR) offer non-dilutive, no-strings-attached funding up to $2.5 million (depending on funding opportunity) to commercialize products addressing aging and aging-related diseases and conditions, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and the special challenges and needs of older Americans.

Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
GOED’s Targeted Business Tax Credit
www.business.utah.gov
Under the direction of Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development provides resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment, and helps drive increased tourism and film production in Utah. Utilizing state resources and private sector contracts, GOED administers programs in economic areas that demonstrates the highest potential for successful development.

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
www.mcc.gov
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. MCC forms partnerships with developing countries who are committed to good governance, economic freedom and investing in their citizens.

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
www.export.gov
More Information: How We Help Companies
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. To find out more about how the U.S. Commercial Service can help you achieve export success, visit www.export.gov.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)
www.wtcutah.com/grants/rbdg-grant/
Educates businesses across Utah in pursuing international opportunities through Rural Export Boot Camps, provides one on one site visits and training opportunities and supports international activities upon completion of the Rural Export Boot Camp.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center
www.wtcutah.com/grants/step-grant/
Supports Utah businesses entering and expanding into dynamic global markets through a grant partially funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Utah SBDC Global Trade Center helps businesses just starting out who want to get ready to go international.

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Making Global Local
www.ustda.gov
Focuses on opening emerging markets to U.S.-manufactured goods and services offering unique tools to fulfill its mission including the funding of reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, pilot projects and technical assistance. 

USAID
www.usaid.gov/
Provides support for exports/ imports/ sourcing focused on Latin America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)

Link:  www.exim.gov

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is America’s official export credit agency. The EXIM Bank Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP) brings state, county and local non-profit economic development entities together with EXIM Bank in a collaborative effort to expand U.S. exports. Under the program, these organizations assist small and medium-sized business exporters in understanding and using EXIM products by providing outreach and technical assistance. World Trade Center (WTC) Utah is a new member and the Utah designee for the EXIM Bank REPP. As such, WTC Utah will be hosting and/or participating in several export finance seminars throughout the year.

The EXIM Bank REPP helps businesses understand and use the following EXIM products:

  1. Export Credit Insurance extends credit, protects against buyer nonpayment, and improves your cash flow.
  2. Working Capital Guarantee provides credit lines to small and medium-sized U.S. exporters for producing its goods or services.
  3. Term Financing supports international buyers in purchasing your capital goods or services.

Contact: Aerek N. Stephens
Program Manager, Regional Export Promotion Program (REPP)
aerek.stephens@exim.gov
202.565.3913

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)

Link: www.export.gov

Link: How We Help Companies

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. To find out more about how the U.S. Commercial Service can help you achieve export success, visit www.export.gov.

Utilize Waived Commercial Service User Fees through September 30, 2020
In an effort to help companies get back into their international business routines, the Commercial Service is waiving service fees for virtual services through September 30, 2020. Although you cannot get on a plane to meet new potential partners, opportunities exist to make the introductions and meetings happen virtually! Options include the Initial Market CheckInternational Partner SearchSingle Company Promotions, Virtual Introductions and more. Please reach out to Shelby.Daiek@trade.gov for more information and to begin the discussion.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Women’s Global Trade Empowerment: Expanding Trade in North America & Beyond

The U.S. Commercial Service invites Women Entrepreneurs to join us for a FREE six-part digital series to acquire skills and tools to boldly expand sales into new markets in Canada, Mexico and beyond!

You’ll learn how you can benefit from the newly implemented United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while also building a winning export strategy and developing valuable business connections.

Each session will last for 60-90 minutes and will cover crucial topics to prepare you to succeed in global markets, such as: Financing the Deal and Getting Paid, Thriving in the Digital Trade Economy, Legal Strategies for Success, and much more.

Learn more and reserve your spot here.

U.S. Commercial Service Trade Mission to the Caribbean Region.

Contact: Shelby Daiek
Acting Director
Utah Export Assistance Center | U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration
801.524.3091
Shelby.Daiek@trade.gov 

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Link: www.mcc.gov

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a small U.S. Government foreign aid agency created to combat global poverty. MCC operates across the world to address constraints to economic growth (such as Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health, Land and Property Rights, Roads and Transportation Infrastructure) as it partners with select developing countries.

MCC’s time-limited grants are called compacts, which average around $350 million and last for five years. These compacts are  tailored to the needs of the country where they are implemented to procure works, goods and services following open, international competitions.

U.S. companies can mitigate their risk by working on these MCC-financed projects. MCC’s procurement processes establish a fair playing field and factor in “best value” (meaning that the lowest bidder does not automatically win). Importantly, successful companies will get paid for their work, in a defined time period, in U.S. dollars.

Contact: Holly Vineyard
Senior Advisor (on assignment from the U.S. Department of Commerce)
Department of Compact Operations Procurement
vineyardh@mcc.gov
202-772-6536

Additional Information
Five Reasons to do Business with MCC
MCC Flyer

New NCATS Funding Opportunities Are Now Available

The next standard deadlines for applications are September 8, 2020 and January 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. local time

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) invites small businesses and research organizations involved in commercializing innovative medical technologies to apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding through the following  investigator-initiated and targeted grants and contracts.

PHS 2020 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH
The 2020 Omnibus Solicitation is open to small business researchers and entrepreneurs working on innovative technologies in translational sciences.

NCATS is particularly interested in applications that address research areas relevant to any stage of translation, from target validation through pre-clinical and clinical evaluation, to intervention implementation and dissemination, including:

New Contract Opportunity
NCATS is participating in a new SBIR contract opportunity under the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Presolicitation for SBIR Solicitation PHS-2021-1 is expected to become available on or about July 24, 2020 through both beta.Sam.gov and the NIH SBIR/STTR funding site. Responses are due October 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT. The following topics are anticipated to be included under NCATS:

  • Topic 020 – Development of Remote Rare Disease Patient Care Environment through Immersive Virtual Reality
  • Topic 021 – Platform for Rapidly Deployable Autonomous Laboratory

Point of Contact: George Kennedy, 240-669-5170, or Tiffany Chadwick, 240-276-7293

Additional Funding Opportunities
NCATS has several other targeted funding opportunities available through the SBIR and STTR programs for entrepreneurs aiming to commercialize innovations in translational science.Non-Viral Technologies for In Vivo Delivery of Genome Editors (clinical trial not allowed)

Development of Highly Innovative Tools and Technology for Analysis of Single Cells (clinical trial not allowed) 

Commercializing Understudied Proteins from the Illuminating the Druggable Genome Project

SBIR and STTR applicants can apply for Phase I and Phase II funding. SBIR applicants can also now opt to apply for Direct-to-Phase II Funding. This award allows small businesses to submit Direct-to-Phase II SBIR applications if the small business has performed the Phase I stage-type research through other funding sources. The SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide with additional instructions for the SBIR Direct-to- Phase II application preparation and submission is also available.

Why Apply?

  • Funding is stable, predictable and not a loan
  • Capital is non-dilutive
  • Small businesses and research organizations retain intellectual property rights
  • NIH’s rigorous peer-review provides recognition, validation and visibility to early-stage companies
  • Prestige associated with these awards can help attract more funding or other support (e.g., venture capital, strategic partners)

Tips for Applying

  1. Clear all administrative requirements: Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and must complete all required registrations prior to submission. Register your small business with DUNSGrants.govSAM.govSBA Company Registry and the NIH eRA Commons as soon as possible. Principal Investigators must also individually register with NIH eRA Commons. Those eligible to certify as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) should obtain the WOSB designation, and those eligible to certify as a Minority-Owned Small Business should obtain certification.
  2. Build and submit a strong application: Follow the SBIR/STTR Application Guide to ensure proper grant application content and format. You can also find examples of successful applications on a variety of topics on the NIH website.
  3. Submit before the deadline: Completing all the required steps can take a month or two, so don’t wait until the last minute: Plan ahead to help ensure your application moves forward for consideration successfully.

NIA Small Business Programs (SBIR & STTR)

Funding Innovation for Healthy Aging

Support is available to help turn your ideas into reality—and help Americans live longer, healthier lives! The NIA Office of Small Business Research (OSBR) helps small businesses and research organizations bring innovative treatments and technologies to market through funding awards, training opportunities, and other support.

The NIA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (STTR) offer non-dilutive, no-strings-attached funding up to $2.5 million (depending on funding opportunity) to commercialize products addressing aging and aging-related diseases and conditions, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and the special challenges and needs of older Americans.

Contact NIA

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)

Link:  https://wtcutah.com/grants/rbdg-grant/

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science and effective management.

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) helps educate businesses across Utah in pursuing international opportunities. RBDG is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by the World Trade Center Utah to help Utah small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas grow and expand internationally.

The purpose of RBDG is:

  1. To provide Rural Export Boot Camps.
  2. To conduct one on one site visits and training opportunities.
  3. To support international activities upon completion of the Rural Export Boot Camp.

Trade Missions:

FAS-sponsored international trade missions open doors and deliver results for U.S. exporters, giving them the opportunity to forge relationships with potential customers, gather market intelligence and, most importantly, generate sales.

Please click here for more information: https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/trade-missions

Contact: Jim Porter
Trade Services Manager
jporter@wtcutah.com
435.512.1890

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
SLCC -Utah SBDC Global Trade Center

Link: eCommerce and Digital Opportunities for Businesses

The State of Utah has received a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant to help Utah small businesses enter and expand into dynamic global markets. STEP is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is administered by World Trade Center Utah.

The purpose of STEP is:

  1. To increase the number of eligible small businesses in the State that export.
  2. To increase the value of exports by eligible small businesses in the State.
  3. To increase the number of eligible small businesses exploring significant new trade opportunities.

STEP is a cost reimbursement grant. All grant awards require a cash match by the grant recipient.

SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center:

The U.S. SBA and World Trade Center (WTC) Utah are joined by a common mission; helping start, maintain, and expand small businesses. The U.S. SBA and WTC Utah have formed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) in order to strengthen and expand small business development in the local area. One major undertaking of SAM is the creation of the SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center. 

SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center

The purpose of the SLCC-Utah SBDC Global Trade Center is to help businesses just starting out who want to get ready to go international through the following:

  1. Global Business Counseling
  2. Partner Support
  3. Tools & Other Services
  4. Executive Certificate of Global Management
  5. Other Training

Contacts:

STEP
Nicole Sherwood
STEP Project Director
nsherwood@wtcutah.com
801.599.9185

Utah Global Trade Center
Jim Herrin
Trade Services
801.957.5279
jim.herrin@slcc.edu

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative (GIRI)
Making Global Local (MGL)

USTDA’s Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative will help emerging markets plan, finance, procure and sustain infrastructure to withstand a full range of external risks and challenges. The Initiative will draw directly from USTDA’s decades-long experience working with U.S. industry to deliver quality infrastructure around the world that helps emerging economies better manage financial downturns and lessen adverse impacts on economic growth. The Initiative will also help plan and support a range of quality projects, including ideas that prioritize resiliency into their design and implementation:

  • Backup telecommunications and information management infrastructure
  • Supply chains ensuring distribution of food and medical supplies
  • Technology to provide remote healthcare services during pandemics
  • Comprehensive data and predictive analytics to enhance emergency response
  • Power delivery through redundant grid infrastructure, distributed generation and microgrids for critical infrastructure, including ports and airports
  • Intelligent traffic management systems allowing real-time response
  • Water management and distribution to mitigate drought

USTDA invites project sponsors in emerging markets or U.S. companies working with project sponsors in emerging markets to submit initial proposals to USTDA no later than October 19, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Learn more and submit an initial proposal for GIRI at https://ustda.gov/call-for-initial-proposals/

USTDA’s 2019 Annual Report

Link: www.ustda.gov

Subscribe to USTDA News and Alerts: https://ustda.gov/connect_page/subscribe-to-ustda-news-and-alerts/

U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is an independent federal government agency that focuses on opening emerging markets to U.S.-manufactured goods and services. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that foster economic growth for both U.S. companies and its partner countries overseas.

USTDA has unique tools to fulfill its mission including the funding of reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, pilot projects and technical assistance. For every $1 the USTDA invests in our programs, the Agency has identified over $104 in U.S. exports. Since its inception in 1992, USTDA has generated more than $66 billion in U.S. exports, including $65.2 million from Utah.

USTDA offers the following:

  1. USTDA Events:  Reverse trade missions throughout the United States. Link to Events:  https://ustda.gov/events.
  2. Contracts with USTDA: USTDA contracts with U.S. companies to evaluate and advise the agency on the funding proposals it receives. USTDA also contracts with numerous other U.S. firms for required products and services.
  3. Overseas Contracts: These contracts involve providing technical assistance or training, or conducting early investment analysis/feasibility studies. The point of contact for submitting your proposal is the USTDA grant recipient identified in the FedBizOpps announcement, not USTDA. Current contracting opportunities with USTDA grant recipients in host countries are advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website at www.fbo.gov
  4. Project Proposals: Utilizing the support of USTDA grant funding, overseas project sponsors select U.S. firms to perform USTDA-funded work in one of two ways. The first method is through a competitive proposal process via an announcement posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The second method is through “sole-source” grants, in which the overseas project sponsor has already identified a U.S. firm as a partner or preferred supplier on the project. U.S. firms that are selected by overseas project sponsors to perform work under sole-source USTDA grants are expected to submit a separate, detailed project proposal to USTDA and typically share the cost of the work with the Agency and participate in a success fee program. 

To determine which, if any, EDN funding sources are appropriate for your developing-country project, spend a few minutes going through a brief screening of information specific to your project.

Success Stories of Overseas Projects:

Contact: Dianne K. Quebral
Director of Public Engagement
DQuebral@ustda.gov
703.875.4357

USAID

Link: https://www.usaid.gov/

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience. USAID works in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

USAID programming provides support for exports/ imports/ sourcing. 

Contact: Lori Brock
Acting Director, Trade and Regulatory Reform Office
lbrock@usaid.gov
202.712.5599

Open Opportunities
Doing Business in East Africa
Join a live webinar and learn how to do business in East Africa, a bloc of opportunity for U.S. exporters!
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific (1:00-2:00 Eastern)
This webinar will highlight export opportunities in East Africa for U.S. companies, specifically focusing on Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Opportunities exist for various industry sectors, however the following have been identified as having the most potential:
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare

Learn about the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa Initiative and its tools and resources available to assist U.S. companies doing business in the East Africa region. Register here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=0QM8

UnrestrICTed Challenge
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development launched the UnrestrICTed Challenge, a competition calling local and global solvers to scale ICT for education solutions that demonstrate the highest potential to improve language and literacy for early grade children with disabilities. Interested solvers should submit solutions that are grounded in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), proven to improve literacy for children with disabilities, and are scalable in low-resource contexts.
Application Deadline: July 20, 2020 –Apply Here 
RISE Challenge
Gender-based violence (GBV) and environmental issues are interlinked, and tackling one issue without addressing the other issue is less likely to succeed. The RISE Challenge will fund the innovative application of promising or proven interventions that prevent and respond to GBV in environmental programs. USAID will spotlight the best interventions, facilitate access to funding and networking opportunities, and provide technical assistance to support the winners in obtaining impact and measurable results.
Application Deadline: August 5, 2020 –Apply Here
BetterTogether Challenge
USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank are crowdsourcing innovative solutions to support Venezuelans and communities hosting them across Latin America and the Caribbean. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Deadline: September 30, 2020 – Apply Here

Other Useful Links:

https://legacy.trade.gov/prosperafrica/usgtools.pdf – Prosper Africa Toolkit

https://www.usaid.gov/div – Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)

WOMENCONNECTCHALLENGE.ORG – Grant Opportunity:

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/newsletter – Join Newsletter

http://www.satradehub.org/ – USAID’s Trade Hub for the Southern Africa Region

https://www.eatradehub.org/ – USAID’s East Africa Trade Hub

https://www.trademap.org/(S(c1qnmf0paln1kv4cvf3nvbrf))/Index.aspx – Trade statistics for international business development

https://tradecompetitivenessmap.intracen.org/TPIC.aspx – Trade Competitiveness Map

https://procurementmap.intracen.org/ – Government Procurement Map


Useful Documents

Prosper Africa Toolkit

USAID Resources for U.S. Exporters

Doing-Business-with-USAID

10 Tips for Working with USAID Implementers

Grant Opportunity W GDP Women Connect Challenge

Sub-Partnerships

Exploring Funding Opportunities to Partner with USAID

Effectively Responding to USAID Award Solicitations

COVID-19 Grants
https://www.instrumentl.com/browse-grants/covid-19-grants/

Summary: Grants for 501c3 organizations serving those impacted by the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Grant
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $2,000,000
https://gsecclesfoundation.org/

Summary: See “Featured Grants” for summaries of each grant.


Surdna Foundation Grants
Surdna Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $4,500,000
https://surdna.org/prospective-grantees/

Summary: We accept letters of inquiry from nonprofit organizations that believe there is strong alignment between their work and Surdna’s funding priorities.  While all letters of inquiry are reviewed by Surdna’s program staff, please be aware that the majority of Surdna’s grantmaking is by invitation. Very few unsolicited letters of inquiry have resulted in grants.

Please note that we cannot respond to unsolicited calls or call regarding the status of letters of inquiry due to the number of such requests.  If you have any questions about Surdna’s funding process, please email us at grants@surdna.org.


Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Grants
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Up to US $350,000
http://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/

Summary: The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies.  Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.

Prospects for our portfolio of social enterprises come from a vast field of compelling ideas and dedicated leaders. We concentrate our selection on the capabilities of the founder, the scalability of the model, and the potential impact of the organization on the world.

We have an open application process and accept applications year round. Borrowed from our venture capital legacy we find exceptional entrepreneurs, provide them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact.  We invite you to learn more about what we fund, our selection process, and to share your idea with us through our online application.


To Investigate Other Opportunities:
US Government Trade Agencies
https://ustr.gov/about-us/trade-toolbox/us-government-trade-agencies