2020 Conference Grants

2020 HEDW Conference Grants

Applications are due by February 14, 2020 as outlined below


HEDW offers two grants to cover the costs of conference attendance in memory of Cathy Lester, one of our founding members. The grants are aimed at institutions with limited data warehousing budgets that could contribute value to the conference and/or benefit from attending.

Cathy Lester Attendance Grant

The goal of this grant is to provide access to information and peers for the benefit of institutions in the early to middle stages of implementing a warehousing/business intelligence solution on a limited budget. The HEDW would like the recipient institution to attend the conference and take that knowledge gained back to their campus and apply it. Within two months of the conference, the recipient is encouraged for writing a short white paper for distribution to the HEDW membership on the institution’s successes and lessons learned and the impact conference attendance had on their data warehousing/business intelligence program.

Cathy Lester Speakers Grant

The goal of this grant is to provide an opportunity for institutions that have implemented a data warehouse/business intelligence program in a creative fashion to share with their peers. HEDW would like these institutions to present their story so other institutions can benefit from their successes and lessons learned. This grant is open to members who have already submitted a proposal.

Covered Expenses

Each grant pays the conference registration fee, up to three nights of hotel accommodation, plus travel costs up to $800. Grant recipients are responsible for paying their travel expenses and hotel accommodations, then submitting a properly documented reimbursement request to the Treasurer of HEDW.  Pre-conference training sessions and meals outside the conference are not covered.


Application Process

Applicants should submit the following information to the Grants Coordinator (Sherri Flaks) at sflaks@jhu.edu by February 14, 2020.

  1. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for Speaker or Attendee grant.
  2. Name and contact information
  3. Institution – name / size / type
  4. Describe your personal and your institution’s past participation in HEDW, if applicable
  5. Position and description of your role, your team and your customer base
  6. Brief description of the goals of your relevant initiatives (data warehouse, data lake, reporting and analytic solutions, etc.). Please include: status and stage of development lifecycle, lessons learned, relevant outcomes, business problems solved, interesting architecture and technology challenges and solutions.
  7. Why you feel the grant should be awarded to your institution:
    1. For the attendance grant: What you hope to gain from attending the conference?
    2. For the speaker’s grant: Brief description of your presentation and why you feel conference participants will benefit from hearing your story?


A review committee of HEDW Forum board members will select the grant recipients by February 21, 2020.

Please do not attempt to register for the conference before you are notified of the outcome of your application. The registration procedure requires payment.


Important Dates to note:

Grant application due:                                      February 14, 2020

Grants selection:                                                February 21, 2020

Early bird registration ends:                            March 1, 2020