Strategic grants

Our strategic grants are given to build, develop or strengthen excellent dermatology research within specific areas. As of today, the LEO Foundation has given out strategic grants to two research centers located at the University of Copenhagen:

The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

Breaking News November 2018: 400 MDKK to the LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

The ‘LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center’ will pave the way to a better understanding and treatment of the skin diseases that plague a quarter of the world’s population.

The center is located on the 12th floor of the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen and collaborates closely with Danish and international research environments and hospitals.

Based on a grant of 400 MDKK over 10 years the center will bring together leading Danish and international researchers in skin, skin diseases and immunology to provide new knowledge to enable better diagnostics and more effective treatments for a wide range of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

The skin immunology center will be inaugurated 25 February 2019

To have a look at the center, watch the video here

To read more about the center go to


The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery

In 2017 the LEO Foundation donated 40 MDKK over a 10 year period to establish the The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery, located at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

The aim of the LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery is to contribute to an integrating knowledge on 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.

The mission of the LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery is to advance the field of cutaneous drug delivery through in-depth physichochemical research, embracing novel opportunities in advanced analytical tools, nanoparticular and other delivery systems, and novel biological model systems.

The Center strives to create and disseminate the newest knowledge on medicines for dermal use, thereby contributing to a solid foundation for the development of effective drug solutions to the skin for the benefit of patients. The Center is furthermore dedicated to being a central contributor to research training of graduate and under-graduate students.

To read more about the LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneaous Drug Delivery click here


Through our LEO Foundation grants and awards we want to make an impact and the aim of our philanthropic activities is to support the best dermatology research worldwide and make Denmark a global beacon for skin research.

The LEO Foundation will issue specific invitations for applications for its strategic grants.

To read more about the LEO Foundation Grants and Awards