L'Oreal Foundation

"Thanks to the Optimy solution, we manage the flow of requests, organise them by theme, receive a detailed project description, and can provide answers to all project submitters"


Since 2007, the L’Oréal Foundation has implemented projects in beauty and science for women all over the world. The foundation looks to support women in the science field, through programmes such as ‘Pour les Femmes et la Science’ which allows high school girls to join the science field thanks to the foundation’s ambassadors.

The foundation looks to help vulnerable people rebuild their lives by providing care in terms of beauty and wellness. The L’Oreal Foundation looks to improve employment opportunities for people in more than 25 countries through training in various beauty professions.

Thanks to the Optimy solution, we manage the flow of requests, organise them by theme, receive a detailed project description, and can provide answers to all project submitters

Projects Supported


The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship was established in 1998 and looks to support women under-represented in the science field. This fellowship has supported more than 2,700 female scientists, and (in collaboration with its subsidaries) has awarded more than 250 fellows in doctoral/post-doctoral studies from 115 countries. Three of these laureates – Ada Yonath, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard – have gone on to win Nobel Prizes in science.

Every year the fellowship recognises five female scientists for their exceptional work in science. The programme has recently started holding award ceremonies for these laureates, for instance in 2017 five laureates received an €100,000 award for their scientific contributions to quantum physics, physical science and astrophysics.

Every year, among the 275 winners of the foundations fellowships awarded worldwide, 15 young researchers are also identified as the future of science and given a ‘Rising Talents’ grant.

The L’Oréal Foundation supports projects conducted by non-profit organisations and are related to science and beauty as an act of solidarity.

The L’Oréal Foundation is committed to supporting female researchers, therefore needed a one-top solution to be able to:

  • Streamline the flow of incoming requests
  • Send a personalised response to each request submitted
  • Overview on all the requests received
  • Assessment of each request at a glance

Why they use Optimy

  • Optimy is a grant management software that helps foundations like The L’Oréal Foundation optimise their grant making facilities through the entire lifecycle of a project, from the application process to completion and reporting.
  • All of L’Oréal’s requests are collected through a single entry point. A tailor-made online form is embedded in their website, and requests received by email will be transferred to the Optimy 2 tool via dropbox to centralize requests.
  • L’Oréal pre-defines criteria to filter incoming requests depending on their theme (beauty or science). Selection criteria can be modified anytime with Optimy’s tool by choosing answers in forms which exclude or automatically accept the project.
  • Optimy’s tool automatically sends an answer 48 hours before the project start date explaining why it has been rejected. L’Oréal have the ability to modify the email’s content before sending it by default.
  • Each project’s timeline can be viewed on one dashboard with Optimy’s solution. L’Oréal will see all the projects that contains their solution and will sort their projects by theme, status and date.
  • Optimy’s tool allows L’Oréal to summarise projects on one page and view key information easier: originality, social aspect, long-term goals, project assessment and L’Oréal’s employees involvement.
  • With Optimy, employees at L’Oréal can exchange emails with the project owner; the history of these conversations can also be seen on the project record. L’Oréal can send personalised messages to the Board at each step of the process for each project.
  • L’Oréal can now generate tailor-made and up-to-date reports with Optimy that includes the number of incoming requests, number of requests accepted and number of requests by theme, etc.

Results Achieved by L’Oréal with the help of Optimy

  • 275 fellowships awarded every year
  • 50% time saved
  • €100,000 granted to 5 laureates every year