The largest human organ is the skin. At any point in time one in every four persons will suffer from a skin disease, which is often visible and stigmatizing – and in some cases completely debilitating. Therefore, much more research in skin and skin diseases is required – in order to provide better diagnoses, treatments and perhaps even cures for the millions of people living with skin diseases.
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.
What the LEO Foundation supports
We support research and activities that improve our understanding of the skin, including the medicinal, biological, chemical, and pharmacological mechanisms involved in skin diseases.
We also support research and activities addressing clinical issues among people who are in risk of developing, or have developed, a skin disease, including how it impacts their quality of life and the societal costs involved.
Finally, we support natural science education and communication activities, focused on skin and skin diseases.
The LEO Foundation has no intellectual property rights to results coming from our philanthropic activities. However, we prioritize that the results are shared with the public, patients and healthcare professionals.
Grants and awards
The LEO Foundation provides four types of grants and awards
- Open competition – grants, which are given to support the best dermatology research projects worldwide – Apply here
- Strategic – grants, which are given to build, develop or strengthen excellent dermatology research within specific areas. The LEO Foundation will issue specific invitations for applications for its strategic grants
- Education and awareness – grants, which are given to projects within natural science education and communication, focused on skin and skin diseases. The LEO Foundation will issue specific invitations for applications for these grants
- LEO Foundation Awards are given annually to outstanding young scientists from around the World, whose work represent extraordinary contributions to dermatology research
The LEO Foundation Board of Trustees approves all grants and awards. Further, the Board has established evaluation processes to ensure that the best research and the most qualified applicants are supported.