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Our Grant policy

The LEO Foundation supports international dermatological research projects and activities that address issues in disease understanding, disease treatment, disease awareness, and patient wellbeing. Typical projects and activities are international studies, scientific symposia, science-based knowledge dissemination and awareness campaigns.

The LEO Foundation welcomes applications from projects that:

  • Improve the understanding of the underlying medicinal, biological, chemical, or pharmacological mechanisms of dermatological diseases and their symptoms
  • Address clinical issues around people and patients who risk developing, or have developed, one or more dermatological diseases
  • Enhance the understanding of dermatological diseases, the societal costs and impact on patient quality of life

We prioritise projects that commit to sharing results with the general public, patients and healthcare professionals – for example through publication in peer-reviewed journals, oral presentations, and public awareness campaigns.

We also prioritise projects with international scope and we favour projects that are based at a university or university hospital as well as applicants with solid, well-documented international research backgrounds.

Finally, we also accept applications for support to university-based educational activities within natural sciences that help attract students to medicine, chemistry, and pharmacy.

Application procedure

Download the “Application Guide” and the “Application Form” from “Download & views” section above to the right.

Read the guide and fill in the application form accordingly, using English language, ensuring that all mandatory fields are filled in, and that you comply with our guidelines.

Send the application to (you will receive a confirmation that we have received it with a designated ID to be used for all future communication regarding the application).

Your application is evaluated by the LEO Foundation Scientific Evaluation Committee (composed of national and international senior scientists) using the NIH scoring system.

Based on the evaluations by the Scientific Evaluation Committee the LEO Foundation Board of Trustees approves allocation of all grants. When and if approved, you will be notified and your project is assigned a dedicated contact person.

All applicants receive an answer to their application, sent by e-mail. The Foundation does not provide arguments as to why an application has been rejected.

A list of awarded grants as well as the recipients and project titles are published here

Projects not eligible for support include

Students and/or academic fees.
Costs related to administration or overheads exceeding 5 %.
Participation in meetings or courses in Denmark.
Passive attendance at conferences.
Travel by several persons from the same research unit or department.
Expenses incurred prior to making an application or obtaining a grant.
Other foundations or associations.
Applications that are not submitted online.
Research projects by commercial companies.
Research projects involving commercial drug testing.
Clinical trials and register-based studies testing medical compounds.