Incyte Ingenuity Award

Supporting the GVHD community

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Introducing the 2020
Incyte Ingenuity Award!


The Incyte Ingenuity Award aims to support the US graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) community by funding one innovative initiative every year for up to $100,000. The selected initiative will address a critical unmet need for people impacted by GVHD.

GVHD is a life-threatening condition that occurs when donor immune cells attack the recipient's organs and tissues after an allogeneic stem cell transplant. There are two major forms of GVHD, acute and chronic, that can affect multiple organ systems, including the skin, digestive tract, and the liver. Both acute and chronic GVHD are associated with significant morbidity and mortality.

Incyte is deeply dedicated to improving the lives of patients with serious diseases, including GVHD. As a part of this commitment, the company launched the Incyte Ingenuity Award to help address challenges faced by patients with GVHD, their caregivers, and healthcare providers, as well as foster collaboration within the GVHD community to address specific unmet needs.


Eligibility Information

The following groups and individuals are eligible to apply for the Incyte Ingenuity Award:

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Non-profit 501(c)(3), patient, policy, and caregiver organizations

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Healthcare providers and mid-level/junior faculty of healthcare organizations*

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Individuals working or collaborating with these organizations and institutions

Programs must be independent of any ongoing activities, with the exception of considerably expanding an existing program. To be eligible, you and your organization must be US based (including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico).

*Individuals submitting an application must submit in the name of their institution, not as individuals.

Applications will be disqualified if:

  • Focus is on a particular therapeutic agent, translational research, or clinical research that is interventional in nature.
  • Organization is improperly identified as a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Application is submitted by a healthcare professional as an individual (individuals will need to partner with a not-for-profit or other organization to be considered).
  • Defined scope does not serve or plan to address unmet needs of the GVHD community.
  • Request in funding exceeds 25 percent of an organization’s overall funding.
  • Application is submitted by an employee of Incyte, VOZ Advisors, and/or other vendors, or members of the immediate family of any such persons.
  • Program is duplicated, with multiple copies of an application submitted by the same organization.
  • Program exceeds the maximum application limit per organization (more than five).
  • Program is based on an existing initiative, with no evidence of ingenuity.

Incyte reserves the right to modify the eligibility requirements at any time.

Are you eligible and would you like to apply for the Incyte Ingenuity Award?

Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria

Our independent judging panel will consider the following criteria when evaluating each award application:

Does the applicant meet the eligibility requirements?

Does the application contain all of the necessary details and supporting documents?

Does the proposal address an unmet need within the GVHD community?

Can the proposal be completed within the one-year time frame?

Does the proposal demonstrate a clear purpose and rationale?

Does the proposal include a realistic and appropriate budget?

Does the proposal have clear and measurable outcomes? Does it follow the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) methodology for setting goals?

Incyte reserves the right to change the judging criteria at any time.

Do you want to submit an application to the Incyte Ingenuity Award Panel?

Program Rules

Program Guidance

The application process will occur in two rounds:

  Round one

Fill out an online application, including the following information:

  • Name of applicant, primary contact information, agreement to eligibility criteria, and all terms (e.g., confirmation of 501(c)(3) status, new initiative), date of submission
  • Identification of any collaboration and team overview, including credentials/capabilities
  • Project summary, exhibiting an innovative approach to address a specific unmet need
  • Identification of any organizational challenges in execution
  • Identification of any specific capacity-building needs to launch initiative
  • Realistic high-level timeline to execute initiative within one year of selection
  • Measurable elements and anticipated outcomes as a way to demonstrate impact in the GVHD community

  Round two

The top three entries will be selected by the independent judging panel to submit a detailed proposal of their initiative. The official proposal must include:

  • A clear description of goals and key milestones that outline how the critical unmet need will be addressed
  • A detailed outline of specific activities involved to launch initiative and timeline
  • An itemized budget with narrative justification
  • Identification of specific outcomes
  • Methodology to evaluate initiative’s short-term and long-term reporting plans