The Leo Foundation awards

Deadline has passed
100.000 USD


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.

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.


With our LEO Foundation Awards, we want to recognize the individual young researchers and scientists around the world, whose work represent extraordinary contributions to medical research and whose results advance our understanding of skin diseases and have the potential to pave the way for new and improved treatments. Furthermore, we want our awards to benefit and strengthen the entire dermatology research community.

Awards of 100.000 USD in three regions
Starting in 2019, the LEO Foundation Awards will be given as regional awards of 100.000 USD each within the three regions:

  • Americas
  • EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
  • Asia-Pacific

Thereby the awards will be covering the whole world and being a global recognition. Each annual regional award will be presented in collaboration with the relevant investigative dermatology societies from each region (e.g. SID, ESDR and JSID).



An applicant should

  • Have conducted the research on which the application is based and have his/her primary workplace within the relevant region at the time of being selected as awardee
  • Be 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
  • Be 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
  • Be an active scientist within skin-related research
  • Agree to become a member of the ‘LEO Foundation Alumni Club’ with accompanying obligations, if selected as awardee

An applicant should 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 50.000 USD. Regular research grants are exempt from this condition.

 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


How to apply

LEO Foundation Awards – Deadline for application

  • Americas : 15 February 2020
  • EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) : 5 June 2020
  • Asia-Pacific : 15 Septembre 2019