Standalone grants

Our standalone grants are given to build, develop or strengthen excellent dermatology research within specific areas.

The LEO Foundation will issue specific invitations for applications for these grants.

LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center – called SIC in everyday speech – was established in 2019 in the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen.

SIC aims to become a world-leading center for research and education in skin and skin diseases and will contribute to a better understanding and treatment of skin diseases for the benefit of the individual patient.

The center brings together leading researchers in skin, skin diseases and immunology and collaborates closely with Danish and international research environments and hospitals.

SIC is based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of DKK 400m over 10 years.

LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery

The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery was established in 2017 at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

The aim of the center is to contribute to integrating knowledge about skin as a barrier for drug absorption, on the one hand, and the properties of drugs and excipients in specific drug delivery systems, on the other.

Research in the center is based on a predominantly physicochemical approach into novel drug delivery systems, analytical tools and biological models.

The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery is based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of DKK 40m over 10 years.

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


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

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