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

The LEO Foundation Awards – worth USD 100,000 – recognize outstanding young 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 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.

Since the first LEO Foundation Award in 2008, around 40 scientists have received the award.

Award self-nomination 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.

Please find LEO Foundation Award self-nomination deadlines in the list below.

Grant Opens Deadline

Serendipity Grants 2024

14 May 2024 25 Jun 2024 Apply now

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 Apply now

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

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 (see the Application guide concerning parental leave).

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.

Evaluation process

Once the call deadline has expired, the Foundation’s secretariat screens your application for formal requirements and if approved, sends it to an independent expert committee for evaluation. The evaluation process follows the path illustrated below.

The Foundation generally uses committees consisting of internationally recognized, independent experts to evaluate the applications for grants and awards that are submitted in open competition.

Global Review Panel

All panel members represent their respective society in region Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

American Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID):

Committee member Titles

Aimee S. Payne

Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA)

Luis A. Garza

Professor, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA)

My Mahoney

Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (USA)

European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR):

Committee member Titles

Andrea Szegedi

Professor, University of Debrecen, Debrecen (Hungary) // Review of Region Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific

Christoph Schlapbach

Professor, Inselspital, Bern (Switzerland) // Review of Region Americas and Asia-Pacific

Fernando Larcher Laguzzi

Professor, Charles III University of Madrid, Madrid (Spain) // Review of Region EMEA and Asia-Pacific

Kaisa Tasanen-Maatta

Professor, University of Oulu, Oulu (Finland) // Review of Region Americas and EMEA

Taiwanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (TSID) Korean Society for Investigative Dermatology (KSID) Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID):

Committee member Titles

Chao-Chun Yang

Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan (Taiwan)

Dong Hun Lee

Associate Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul (Republic of Korea)

Hiroyuki Murota

Professor, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki (Japan)

Awardees

Meet an awardee

2023

Region Americas

Dr William Damsky

Region Asia-Pacific

Dr Laura Mackay

2022

Region Americas

Dr Shadmehr Demehri

Region EMEA

Dr Esther Hoste

Region Asia-Pacific

Dr Takashi Sakai

2021

Region Americas

Dr Hunter Shain

Region Asia-Pacific

Dr Satoshi Nakamizo

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