Member organizations are selected through an open and competitive global call for proposals. Eligible organizations are:
Accredited public or private education institutions that serve tertiary or secondary students (i.e., schools, colleges, universities, as well as nonprofit or nongovernmental educational organizations)
Located in an eligible country; for 2010, these are Brazil, China, Eqypt, France, Germany, Kenya, India, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States
As a component of the HP Global Social Innovation program in education, the HP Catalyst Initiative seeks to build a global network of consortia to develop more effective approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
In 2010, the Catalyst Initiative will fund up to five international consortia, each of which will explore a focused theme for transforming classic STEM education into learning experiences that better meet the needs of today's students.
Each of the five consortia will consist of six "member organizations" (selected from a competitive pool of applications from eligible countries), plus a "lead organization" (selected by HP) to facilitate and communicate the activities of the consortium. Each consortium will represent a mix of secondary and tertiary education institutions; will be intentionally international by including member institutions from more than one eligible country; will actively engage instructional practitioners, administrative leaders, and education researchers; and will engage with the other consortia to form a global community of practice.
Eligible organizations are accredited public or private education institutions that serve tertiary or secondary students (i.e., schools, colleges, universities, as well as nonprofit or nongovernmental educational organizations) located in an eligible country. For 2010, the eligible countries are Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Kenya, India, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Catalyst Grant award provides each consortium (the lead organization and the six additional member organizations) with technology, cash, and professional services valued at more than $1 million. Member organizations will each receive $130,000 in HP technology, a $20,000 unrestricted cash award, training provided by various education organizations and NGOs who are collaborating with HP (valued at $5,000), and other benefits.