Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Incyte
Ingenuity Awards?

The Incyte Ingenuity Awards aim to provide funding to support innovative initiatives annually that address specific needs for people impacted by serious diseases, such as vitiligo and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), including patients and their providers.

In 2022, the Incyte Ingenuity Awards in vitiligo aim to support the vitiligo community by offering two awards – one for an initiative up to $35,000 and another for an initiative up to $100,000.

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Who can apply?

Applications will be welcomed from:

  • Non-profit 501(c)(3), patient, policy, and caregiver organizations
  • Healthcare providers and mid-level/junior faculty of healthcare organizations (individuals submitting an application must submit in the name of their institution, not as individuals)
  • Individuals or other companies interested may apply by partnering with either a non-profit organization or a healthcare facility (ie, hospitals, academic research centers, etc) to be eligible

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 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 vitiligo 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.

Can my organization
partner with another

When applying for an Incyte Ingenuity Award in vitiligo, partnering on a project is encouraged. Eligible applicants, individuals or other companies can partner and collaborate with patient groups, professional societies and patient advocates within the community and apply for an Incyte Ingenuity Award in vitiligo on behalf of a shared project.

Can individual healthcare providers submit ideas?

The judging panel will only consider an application made in the name of a healthcare institution or organization. Individual healthcare professionals are not permitted to submit an application on their own.

How do I apply?

The application process will occur in two rounds:

  • Round one: Interested applicants can apply by completing an online application or by filling out the PDF application and submitting it via email to
  • Round two: The top three application candidates per award will receive specific follow-up questions that are 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.

When are applications due?

The application period for the Incyte Ingenuity Awards in vitiligo is now closed.

Judges are reviewing submitted applications and will inform applicants of their application’s outcome via email or phone by January 2023. Only three applicants per award will move on to round two.

Who evaluates the applications?

A judging panel consisting of up to five patient advocacy group leaders, physicians, nurses and/or social workers selected by Incyte will review all applications and select one recipient based on specific pre-established criteria. Incyte will not provide any advice or input during the judging process and all decisions made by the judging panel are final. The judges are compensated for their time.

What are the judging criteria?

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

  • Does the proposal exhibit a thoughtful, creative and original approach to address a specific need within the vitiligo community? Does it add a new resource or method of support to the community?
  • Can the proposal be completed within the one-year timeframe?
  • 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?
  • Does the applicant meet the eligibility requirements? Does the application contain all the necessary details and supporting documents within the application?

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

What information will be requested in the online application?

The following components must be addressed for an application to be considered complete:

  • Confirmation of eligibility criteria
  • Contact and organization information
  • Identification of any collaboration and connection to the vitiligo community
  • Indicate which award the project is applying for
  • Project proposal, including project name, summary, objectives, detailed description, exhibiting an innovative approach to address a specific need for the vitiligo community
  • Realistic budget breakdown and timeline of milestones to execute initiative within one year of selection
  • Measurable elements and anticipated outcomes that will define success and demonstrate impact
  • Identification of any organizational challenges in execution
  • Clear identification of award category the project is applying for. Total amount requested in funding cannot exceed either award maximums ($35,000 or $100,000) or 25% of an applying organization’s overall funding

What will be asked during round two of the application cycle?

The judging panel coordinator will individually email each of the selected round one applicants from the Program email account ( asking 4-5 clarifying questions (unique to each applicant) based on information the judging panel members would like the applicant to clarify and/or expand upon from their round one application related to budget, project implementation, key milestones, etc.

How many applications can an applicant submit?

Only one application per applicant may be accepted for consideration for the award program.

When will applicants learn the outcome of their initial applications?

Following the judges’ evaluation of round one applications, all applicants will be informed of their application’s outcome via email or phone by January 2023. Only three applicants per award will move on to round two.

For round two of the application process, the final three applicants for each award will receive an email informing them of next steps. The email will include specific follow-up questions unique to each application from the judging panel. The applicant must respond to these questions by February 2023, one month following notification for the judges to evaluate.

When will semifinalists learn the outcome of their applications and the judges' final selection?

Once the judging panel has made its final decision, the final three applicants for each award will be informed of the judges' selection by email and phone by January 2023.

When will the award recipient be announced?

Incyte will announce the recipients of the Incyte Ingenuity Awards in vitiligo in March 2023.

How much funding is Incyte offering?

Incyte is offering two Incyte Ingenuity Awards in Vitiligo with differing amounts of annual funding based on the proposed projects’ needs and scope.

One selected proposal will receive a restricted grant of up to $35,000 USD from Incyte to launch the proposed initiative within one year of selection. Another selected proposal will receive a restricted grant of up to $100,000 USD from Incyte to also launch a proposed initiative within one year of selection.

Applicants can apply for less than the total value of the selected award and still be considered eligible.

Total amount requested in funding cannot exceed 25% of an applying organization’s overall funding and cannot cover indirect costs. The specific amount of funding provided by Incyte will be case-dependent for each proposed initiative and evaluated on the investment deemed necessary to implement and execute said proposal.

What are indirect costs and can they be included in the proposal’s budget?

Indirect costs are defined as the cost of day-to-day, general operating and/or administrative expenses not directly associated with a specific project. Examples of indirect costs include facilities expenses (rent, utilities, building maintenance, etc), administrative support fees (HR, general finance, IT, etc), or non-project related travel expenses. These are not costs associated with the delivery of your proposed program/project services, but the costs of maintaining and managing the organization through which your proposed program/project services are delivered. Indirect costs should not be included in your proposal's budget.

Incyte reserves the right to amend its indirect cost policy at any time.

What level of involvement will Incyte have in the execution of the awarded initiatives?

Incyte will provide no assistance in executing the awarded initiatives outside of providing the awarded amounts in funding. However, Incyte will collect and evaluate an interim and final review of the projects.

When will funding be received?

After the award recipients are selected, contracting with Incyte will begin. Each award is on its own timeline with no implication on the contracting process of the other. Once all paperwork is finalized, the awarded amounts of funding will be shared with the recipient for execution of the agreed upon proposal.

What is required of the award recipients?

Once the award recipients are notified, they will officially accept recognition by signing an agreement with Incyte. The recipient must:

  • Officially accept recognition, execution of a signed agreement, by Incyte and the recipient
  • Confirm that the total amount requested in funding does not exceed 25% of an organization’s overall funding and does not include indirect costs
  • Commence planning for initiative within an agreed upon timeframe and milestones for reporting; Incyte will “gate” funds to meeting agreed-upon milestones depending on program outline
  • Comply with Incyte policies and government regulations
  • Report results to the community (eg, through webinar, advocacy day at Incyte)
  • When relevant, serve as a resource to subsequent recipients to pass along learnings as well as participate in media Interviews and/or promotional activities to raise awareness on behalf of the Incyte Ingenuity Awards
  • If deadlines are unlikely to be met, recipient must inform Incyte within a pre-determined timeframe, provide an explanation of roadblock and mutually agree on a solution and an updated project timeline