The Incyte Ingenuity Award Program

Supporting the GVHD community

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Now Offering Two Awards!

One for $35,000 and another for $100,000

The Incyte Ingenuity Award program aims to support the graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) community by funding two novel initiatives that address challenges faced by GVHD patients, caregivers and healthcare providers.

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 is excited to re-open the Incyte Ingenuity Award program application period to continue to foster collaboration amongst key stakeholders to address the specific needs of the GVHD community.

Following feedback received from the GHVD community after the award program's inaugural year in 2020, the Incyte Ingenuity Award program will expand to include two awards. Incyte has added a $35,000 award to the 2021 program, in addition to the original $100,000 award, to better support smaller scale projects.


Eligibility Information

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

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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 or other companies collaborating with these organizations and institutions**

Programs must be independent of any ongoing activities, with the exception of considerably expanding an existing program. Additionally, programs cannot include indirect costs with the proposed budget. To be eligible, you and your organization must be US based (including Washington DC and Puerto Rico).

*Applications must be submitted in the name of an institution, not on behalf of an individual.

**Individuals or other companies interested in applying must partner with either a non-profit organization or a healthcare facility (i.e., hospitals, academic research centers, etc.) to be eligible.

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 a specific need of the GVHD community.
  • Request in funding exceeds 25% of an organization’s overall funding and/or includes indirect costs.
  • 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 an 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?

Did the applicant collaborate with any other organizations to optimize the success of the initiative?

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

Does the proposal exhibit a thoughtful, creative and innovative approach to address a specific 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 Program Panel?

Program Rules

Program Rules

The application process will occur in two rounds:


Round one

Fill out an online application here or download this PDF application and submit it via email to

The application must include the following information to be considered complete:

  • Name of applicant, primary contact information, agreement to eligibility criteria, and all terms (eg, confirmation of 501(c)(3) status, new initiative), date of submission
  • Identification of any collaboration and team overview, including credentials/capabilities
  • Indicate which award the project is applying for
  • Project summary, exhibiting an innovative approach to address a specific need
  • Identification of any organizational challenges in execution
  • Realistic high-level budget and timeline of milestones to execute initiative within one year of selection
  • Measurable elements and anticipated outcomes that will define success and demonstrate impact

Round two

The top three application candidates per award will receive specific follow-up questions, unique to each application, based on information the judging panel members would like the applicant to clarify and/or expand upon from the online application.

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