Apply for the LEO Foundation Awards. A boost to young talents.

LEO Foundation Awards recognize outstanding young researchers and scientists from around the world whose work represents an extraordinary contribution to skin research and has the potential to pave the way for new and improved treatments for skin diseases.

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.

The award is well aligned with the Foundation’s goal of continually promoting and advancing skin research.

The award is worth USD 100,000.

Since the first LEO Foundation Award in 2008, more than 25 scientists have received the award.

Award application deadlines

The award is applied for in open competition.

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.

Submission period will open at least four weeks prior to each deadline.

Grant Opens Deadline

LEO Foundation Award – Region Americas

08 Jan 2021 05 Feb 2021 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 recognises promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

DEADLINE: 5 Feb 2021 (midnight CET)

Online application

Research grants in open competition – round 1

05 Feb 2021 05 Mar 2021 Closed

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

DEADLINE: 5 March 2021 (midnight CET)

Online application

LEO Foundation Award – Region EMEA

21 May 2021 18 Jun 2021 Not open

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 recognises promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

Online application

Research grants in open competition – round 2

02 Jun 2021 30 Jun 2021 Not open

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

Online application

Research grants in open competition – round 3

10 Aug 2021 07 Sep 2021 Not open

To support the best dermatology research projects worldwide.

Online application

LEO Foundation Award – Region Asia-Pacific

13 Aug 2021 10 Sep 2021 Not open

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 recognises promising young talents and hopefully provides a boost to their future careers.

Online application

Guidance

The applicant:

  • Is an active scientist within skin-related research.
  • Is able to demonstrate scientific merits in the form of at least 5 peer-reviewed first author or co-first author publications within skin-related research.
  • Has his/her primary workplace within the relevant region at the time of being selected as awardee.
  • Is between 30 and 40 years of age at the time of being selected as awardee. Natural and reasonable career breaks such as paternity/maternity leave, military service or the like may be deducted.

Please read the application guide thoroughly and complete your application accordingly.

Applicants can not:

  • Have commercial or cosmetic/aesthetic research as his/her primary focus.
  • Have personal or financial ties to LEO Pharma, including involvement in e.g. sponsored studies or clinical trials at PI level.
  • Be an earlier recipient of a LEO Foundation Award.
  • Be an earlier recipient of another prize or award (personal or for research) exceeding a value of USD 50,000. Regular research grants are exempt from this requirement.

Application process

The LEO Foundation will ensure an independent and unbiased evaluation process in which all applications will be evaluated based on the same criteria and towards the same scientific level.

It will normally take approx. three months from application deadline to award decision.

If you are selected as awardee, you become a LEO Foundation Alumni and you will be requested to participate and contribute at two events within three years following your receipt of the award.

The LEO Foundation will agree on events and contributions with all awardees.

Global Review Panel

All panel members have been appointed by their respective society in region Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

Appointed by American Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID):

Committee member Titles

Lisa Beck

Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (USA)

Andrew Kowalczyk

Professor, Penn State Health Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA)

Sewon Kang

Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA)

Appointed by European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR):

Committee member Titles

Eli Sprecher

Professor, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv (Israel)

Edel O'Toole

Professor, Queen Mary University of London, London (United Kingdom)

Sabine Eming

Professor, University of Cologne, Cologne, (Germany)

Appointed by Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID):

Committee member Titles

Tatsuyoshi Kawamura

Professor, University of Yamanashi, Kofu (Japan)

Cheng-Che Eric Lan

Professor, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)

Hyunsun Park

Professor, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Republic of Korea)

Awardees

2020

Region Americas

Dr Ya-Chieh Hsu

Region EMEA

Dr Ning Xu Landén

Region Asia-Pacific

Dr Yumi Matsuoka-Nakamura

2019

Region Americas

Dr Maksim Plikus

Region EMEA

Dr Shoba Amarnath

Region Asia-Pacific

Dr Tetsuro Kobayashi