Technical Assistance

Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Department of Commerce

Incentive: The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a national network of 60 centers across the United States with thousands of specialists trained to serve the needs of small-and medium-sized manufacturing clients. Through a framework focused on five critical areas – technology acceleration, supplier development, sustainability, workforce, as well as continuous improvement – the MEP Program assists manufacturers in developing new customers, expand into new markets, and create new products with the end goal of increasing profitability and competitiveness.

MEP specialists customize services to fit the individual needs and goals of the local manufacturing client.

Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security.

In addition to its Washington, D.C. staff, FAS has a global network of 98 offices covering 162 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired staff who are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions, and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture and support U.S. foreign policy around the globe. 

Programs and Services

Trade Policy
FAS expands and maintains access to foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products by removing trade barriers and enforcing U.S.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

As of July 17, 2012 detailed program descriptions are listed for 2,238 Federal assistance programs.

The Internet and GSA’s free CFDA website at will be the primary means of disseminating the Catalog.

Technology Innovation Funding for Small Businesses and Exporting Seminar

900 Bridgeport Avenue, 2nd Floor, Shelton, CT
Thu, 07/28/2011

Technology Innovation Funding for Small Businesses and Exporting Seminar

Please join the U.S. Commercial Service, Connecticut SBIR, and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce at this informational seminar concerning Federal Small Business Innovation grants and export assistance.

United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA)

USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress.

Our mission is to help companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.

USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

USTDA provides grant funding to overseas project sponsors for the planning of projects that support the development of modern infrastructure and an open trading system.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical world challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds.
Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Renewable Energy Research and Development (ARRA)

Renewable Energy Research and Development (ARRA)

Department of Energy

Incentive: To conduct balanced research and development efforts in the following energy technologies: solar, biomass, hydrogen, fuel cells and infrastructure, wind and hydropower, and geothermal. Grants will be offered to develop and transfer to the nonfederal sector various renewable energy technologies on a competitive basis.

Award: Project Grants or Cooperative Agreements.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Funding Opportunities

Department of Energy

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Incentive: NETL’s project portfolio includes R&D conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.

Award: Individual project funding ranges up to $120 million dollars. Individual awards vary by solicitation.

Eligibility: For eligibility, please view the individual solicitation.

U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Program

Through the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Program, a company can reduce their production, transaction, and logistics-related costs.

Foreign-trade zones are secure areas under supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection that are considered outside the customs territory of the United States for the purposes of duty payment.

Located in or near customs ports of entry, they are the U.S. version of what are known internationally as free trade zones.

The FTZ Program licenses local agencies in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to establish FTZ locations where foreign merchandise can be imported and warehoused. FTZ Program benefits include delayed or reduced payment of duty rates on foreign goods that enter the U.S.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs)

Department of the Commerce

International Trade Administration

Incentive: U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) provide front-line outreach and service operations for U.S. exporters. There are International Trade specialists based in more than 100 USEACs located across the United States and Puerto Rico. The centers assist U.S. businesses that are new to exporting, want to expand to additional export markets, or want to increase their market share in existing markets.