Mary Kay – ESDR Research Grants

Mary Kay Inc. is excited to continue its decades-long commitment to skin science and innovation by partnering with the European Society for Dermatological Research to award grants to researchers conducting groundbreaking, innovative studies in skin health and skin diseases to uncover new perspectives and intervention strategies.


We would like to thank all the skin researchers applying for the inaugural Mary Kay Skin Health/Skin Disease Research Grants in conjunction with the ESDR. The standard of applications was very high.

A Virtual Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 29 March 2023, 13:30 CET to announce the selected two recipients for the Mary Kay Awards 2022. 

On the occasion Mary Kay Research Grants Awardees  presented their current research and can share future perspectives, followed by Q/A.

Mary Kay-ESDR Skin Health/Skin Disease Research Grants  AWARDEES


Applications are now closed for the inaugural Mary Kay Inc. Skin Health/Skin Disease Research Grants.
Two (2) recipients will be awarded USD 20,000 grants to further research discoveries addressing an important question in human skin health/skin disease research.



Applicant must be:

  • An active member of ESDR at time of application and throughout the award period.
  • Active in investigative dermatology in a European-based department, laboratory, or institution*.
  • Employed as a Resident, PhD student, Postdoctoral Fellow or Principal Investigator.
  • Applicant must have a research topic focused on skin health and/or skin disease.
  • Conducted research must exclude any form of animal testing.
  • Be under 45 years old at the time of application.

*List of eligible countries on: Other eligible countries not in the list: Switzerland, United Kingdom


Award Ceremony


Winners will be announced during a special virtual event this coming March just before the inaugural meeting of the First International Societies for Investigative Dermatology conference in May.

Period of application:

  • 01 October – 9 December 2022 – CLOSED


  • USD 20,000 per grant (2 grants)
On behalf of the ESDR board, we would like to thank Mary Kay for its support of the ESDR and its generous contribution to ESDR activities. A key objective of our Society is to promote innovative research in investigative dermatology and to support researchers' activities in translational skin research. We are honored, grateful and delighted to have Mary Kay being part of this effort.
Eli Sprecher

Chair, Scientific Program Committee of ESDR

Mary Kay is dedicated to advancing skin and nutritional health research globally, and we know this cannot be done alone. Collaboration across industries, academic institutions, and clinicians is critical, which is why we are proud to partner with ESDR to furnish the first-ever Mary Kay-ESDR Skin Health/Skin Disease Research Grants. These grants bring this larger community together for new inspiration for the future, and Mary Kay is proud to be a part of this opportunity.
Lucy Gildea

Chief Innovation Officer, Product and Science for Mary Kay Inc.