Apply for LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships

About LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships

With the LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships program, we aim to support talented, emerging research leaders with ambitions to establish or expand an independent research group at a Danish institution, and to pursue novel and important research questions within skin and skin diseases.

Grants of DKK 12 million are awarded for a five-year period.

Eligible candidates have between two and eight years of research experience since completing their PhD degree. For detailed information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the application guide below.

The LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowship program is thematic. We expect to announce the research themes of the 2025 calls in the autumn of 2024. In 2024, applicants could apply within the researchers themes Advanced Therapeutics Research in Skin Diseases or Systems Medicine in Dermatology. In 2023, applicants could apply within the research themesSkin Immunology and Inflammatory Skin Diseases or Skin Physiology and Cutaneous Drug Delivery.

We expect to award up to four fellowships per year.

Research themes

2024

Advanced Therapeutics Research in Skin Diseases

This theme encompasses advanced research towards a better understanding of how to best treat, rectify, and potentially cure skin diseases. It includes research in skin genetics, epigenetics, gene therapy, cell therapy, stem cells, and the entire ‘omics’ field, including single cell sequencing and spatial transcriptomics. It covers the whole spectrum from basic understanding of mechanistic aspects, across functional in-vitro or in-vivo studies, to proof-of-principle implementations. It may also include elements from overlapping fields like technology development, bioinformatics, epidemiology, or others, if they facilitate an improved understanding of the proposed research topic.

Systems Medicine in Dermatology

This theme covers all relevant dimensions relating to Prediction, Prevention, Personalization, and Participation – also known as ‘P4’ medicine – within skin research. It is cross-disciplinary in nature and includes research utilizing multiple types of data, e.g., biochemical data, genetic data, diagnostic data, treatment outcome data, comorbidity data, socio-economic data, or life-style data to create relevant insights at the individual level and thus ultimately help patients maintain the best possible skin health. If relevant, and if it facilitates improved understanding of the proposed research topic, elements from other research fields may also be incorporated.

2023

Skin immunology and inflammatory skin diseases

The theme covers all elements of investigation and analyses of both innate and adaptive immunity in a cutaneous context, and all in‍volved interactions with the surrounding environment. It also covers the basic, translational, and clinical understanding of skin immunology aspects, as well as the utilization of such knowledge to improve diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory skin diseases such as, e.g., psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. It may also include elements from overlapping fields like technology development, bioinformatics, epidemiology, or others, if they facilitate an improved understanding of skin immunology and/or inflammatory skin diseases.

Skin physiology and cutaneous drug delivery

The theme covers investigations and analyses of the skin as an organ and its cellular and non-cellular components as well as its role as a structural, physical, and chemical barrier in both health and disease, with special emphasis on drug delivery. If relevant, and if it facilitates improved understanding of skin physiology and/or cutaneous drug delivery, elements of the proposed research program within neighboring and overlapping research fields may also be incorporated.

How to apply

The LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships program is announced once a year in open competition.

The 2024 application deadline has passed. We expect to announce the 2025 application deadline in the autumn of 2024.

Please read the application guide below for the full call text and further information about the eligibility criteria, evaluation process, and requirements for the content of the application.

Application guide (NB: link to the 2024 guide, will be revised for the 2025 call)

Application deadlines

Application deadlines for all of our grant programs are listed below. Calls are announced on an ongoing basis.

Grant Opens Deadline

Serendipity Grants 2024

14 May 2024 25 Jun 2024 Closed

For novel and unexpected, also known as serendipitous, discoveries made by current LEO Foundation
grantees.

Grants of up to DKK 4 million are awarded for a two-year period.

DEADLINE: 25 June 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

LEO Foundation Dr Abildgaard Fellowships 2024

01 Feb 2024 17 Apr 2024 Closed

For talented, emerging research leaders with ambitions to establish or expand an independent research group at a Danish institution, and to pursue novel and important research questions within skin and skin diseases.

Grants of DKK 12 million are awarded for a five-year period.

DEADLINE: 17 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

LEO Foundation Visiting Researchers 2024 – Round 1

27 Feb 2024 10 Apr 2024 Closed

To stimulate a cohesive and agile skin research ecosystem by supporting temporary embedment of skin researchers in a foreign research environment with the aim of fostering genuine international collaborations and strengthening the exchange of knowledge, ideas, methodology, and technology between Danish and international skin research communities.

DEADLINE: 10 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

LEO Foundation Visiting Researchers 2024 – Round 2

15 Aug 2024 02 Oct 2024 Not open

To stimulate a cohesive and agile skin research ecosystem by supporting temporary embedment of skin researchers in a foreign research environment with the aim of fostering genuine international collaborations and strengthening the exchange of knowledge, ideas, methodology, and technology between Danish and international skin research communities.

DEADLINE: 2 October 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Research Networking Grants 2024 – Round 1

27 Feb 2024 10 Apr 2024 Closed

Through our Research Networking Grants, we seek to enable knowledge-sharing and facilitate networking and collaborations within the skin research community by providing researchers and students with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their field. 

DEADLINE: 10 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Research Networking Grants 2024 – Round 2

15 Aug 2024 02 Oct 2024 Not open

Through our Research Networking Grants, we seek to enable knowledge-sharing and facilitate networking and collaborations within the skin research community by providing researchers and students with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their field. 

DEADLINE: 2 October 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Research Grants in open competition 2024 – round 1

20 Nov 2023 08 Jan 2024 Closed

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 8 January 2024 (16:00 CET)

Application guide

Online application

Research Grants in open competition 2024 – round 2

19 Feb 2024 02 Apr 2024 Closed

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 2 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Research Grants in open competition 2024 – round 3

01 Aug 2024 12 Sep 2024 Not open

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 12 September 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Education and Awareness Grants 2024 – round 1

27 Nov 2023 15 Jan 2024 Closed

To strengthen the pipeline of future researchers within the fields of medicine, chemistry, and pharmacy, and to raise awareness about science, including skin and skin diseases.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 15 January 2024 (16:00 CET)

Application guide

Apply by mail here

Education and Awareness Grants 2024 – round 2

27 Feb 2024 09 Apr 2024 Closed

To strengthen the pipeline of future researchers within the fields of medicine, chemistry, and pharmacy, and to raise awareness about science, including skin and skin diseases.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 9 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Apply by mail here

Education and Awareness Grants 2024 – round 3

20 Aug 2024 01 Oct 2024 Not open

To strengthen the pipeline of future researchers within the fields of medicine, chemistry, and pharmacy, and to raise awareness about science, including skin and skin diseases.

It is important that the applicant carefully reads the application guide before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.

DEADLINE: 1 October 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Apply by mail here

LEO Foundation Award 2024 – Region Americas

21 Nov 2023 09 Jan 2024 Closed

The LEO Foundation Award was born out of the aim of advancing the understanding and treatment of skin diseases and strengthening the pipeline of excellent dermatology researchers. It recognizes promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

Three awards are made each year, one in each of the regions: Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Asia-Pacific. Each award is worth USD 100,000.

DEADLINE for self-nomination: 9 January 2024 (16:00 CET)

Application guide

Online application

LEO Foundation Award 2024 – Region EMEA

20 Feb 2024 02 Apr 2024 Closed

The LEO Foundation Award was born out of the aim of advancing the understanding and treatment of skin diseases and strengthening the pipeline of excellent dermatology researchers. It recognizes promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

Three awards are made each year, one in each of the regions: Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Asia-Pacific. Each award is worth USD 100,000.

DEADLINE for self-nomination: 2 April 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

LEO Foundation Award 2024 – Region Asia-Pacific

16 May 2024 27 Jun 2024 Closed

The LEO Foundation Award was born out of the aim of advancing the understanding and treatment of skin diseases and strengthening the pipeline of excellent dermatology researchers. It recognizes promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

Three awards are made each year, one in each of the regions: Americas, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Asia-Pacific. Each award is worth USD 100,000.

DEADLINE for self-nomination: 27 June 2024 (16:00 CEST)

Application guide

Online application

Meet the current fellows

2023

Aida Hansen

University of Southern Denmark, Department of Molecular Medicine

Terkild Brink Buus

University of Copenhagen, LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

Stine Rønholt

University of Copenhagen, LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery

About Dr Abildgaard

Knud Abildgaard (1901-1986)

The LEO Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr.h.c. Knud E. Abildgaard, who at the time was the owner of LEO Pharma.

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Please contact the grant team for further information

Anne-Marie Engel

Chief Scientific Officer

Anne-Marie is Chief Scientific Officer at the LEO Foundation and responsible for the Foundation’s grant activities.

Anne-Marie’s background includes:

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Lundbeck Foundation, various positions including Director of Grants
  • Statens Serum Institut, Senior Researcher
  • The Bartholin Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital, Postdoc

Anne-Marie holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree as well as a PhD in tumour immunology – both from the University of Copenhagen.

Other positions

  • Museum of Natural History, Oslo, Chair of the Board, 2022-
  • Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, Member of the praesidium
  • Dagmar Marshall’s Foundation, Board member
  • University of Oslo, Board member (2013-2021)

Joined the LEO Foundation in 2022.

+45 27 38 60 59

anne-marie.engel@leo-foundation.org

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Lars Kruse

Senior Scientific Officer

Lars is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s grants and handles scientific and administrative matters relating to the Foundation’s donations. He also works on further developing the philanthropic area.

Lars has a scientific background having worked in academic research for 16 years on projects ranging from molecular mechanisms in migraine over COPD to sleep disorders and osteoporosis.

Lars holds an MSc in human biology and a PhD in neuroscience, both from University of Copenhagen.

Joined the Foundation in 2017.

+45 30 46 42 91
lars.kruse@leo-foundation.org
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Signe Rømer Holm

Scientific Officer

Signe is responsible for various areas related to the Foundation’s grants, both in terms of guidelines for applications, review processes and measuring impact. She is also involved in further developing the philanthropic area with new grant making instruments.

Signe has extensive experience in administration and grants. She has previously worked as Senior Grant Manager at the Novo Nordisk Foundation, as Administrative Coordinator at DTU Health Technology and as Project Manager at Innovation Fund Denmark.

Signe holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Danish Language and Literature from University of Copenhagen.

Joined the Foundation in 2022

+45 53 70 66 18
signe.holm@leo-foundation.org
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