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Our grant policy

The LEO Foundation supports international dermatological research projects and activities that address issues in disease understanding, disease treatment, disease awareness and patient wellbeing. Typical projects and activities are international studies, scientific symposia, science-based knowledge dissemination and awareness campaigns.


The LEO Foundation welcomes applications from projects that:


  • Improve the understanding of the underlying medicinal, biological, chemical or pharmacological mechanisms of dermatological diseases and their symptoms
  • Address clinical issues around people and patients who risk developing, or have developed, one or more dermatological diseases
  • Enhance the understanding of dermatological diseases, the societal costs and impact on patient quality of life.


We prioritise projects that commit to sharing results with the general public, patients and healthcare professionals – for example through publication in peer-reviewed journals, oral presentations and public awareness campaigns.


We also prioritise projects with international scope and we favour projects that are based at a university or university hospital and applicants with solid, well-documented international research backgrounds.


Finally, we also accept applications for support to university-based educational activities within natural sciences that help attract students to medicine, chemistry and pharmacy.

Guidelines, rules & regulations

Projects not eligible for support include

  • Students and/or academic fees
  • Costs related to administration or overheads
  • Participation in meetings or courses in Denmark
  • Passive attendance at conferences
  • Travel by several persons from the same research unit or department
  • Expenses incurred prior to making an application or obtaining a grant
  • Other foundations or associations
  • Applications that are not submitted online
  • Research projects by commercial companies
  • Research projects involving commercial drug testing
  • Clinical trials and register-based studies testing medical compounds

Application procedure

Download the application form inserted below and store it on your own computer.


Fill in the application and send it to applications@leo-foundation.org (you will receive a confirmation that we have received it).


Your application is evaluated by the LEO Foundation Nomination Committee (composed of senior R&D specialists in LEO Pharma and two external specialists).


The committee may wish to contact you in order to discuss your application in greater detail.


The committee selects the most promising applications and prepares recommendations to the board of trustees. The board approves allocation of grants at regular board meetings (see dates below).


When and if approved, your project is assigned a dedicated contact person.


All applicants receive an answer to their applications, sent by e-mail. The Foundation does not provide arguments as to why an application has been rejected.


A list of awarded grants as well as the recipients and project titles is published on this website.

Application form

Download application form

Application deadlines

March 9, 2018


July 6, 2018


September 21, 2018