AXA Chair Grant

AXA Insurance Group

Grant amount: Up to €1,200,000

Next deadline: Oct 15, 2018 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Nov 22, 2018 (Full proposal), Apr 13, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Jun 13, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Algeria; Bahrain; Belgium; Brazil; Cameroon Expand all

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The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to fund basic Research dedicated to a better understanding of important hazards, risks and threats and current global societal challenges within three clusters: socioeconomic risks, environmental risks and life risks. The AXA Research Fund seeks to fund scientific excellence, innovative and groundbreaking Research relevant beyond the borders of the institutions’ geographical location.

The AXA Chair scheme is intended to support a significant step change in the development of a Research area within a host Institution and to contribute in a distinctive way to the development of that Research area in line with the Institution’s long term strategy. It aims at creating an academic full-time position in the host Institution and at fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor.

An AXA Chair is supported through a single endowment payment. The duration of the scheme is the prerogative of the Institution and may range from 5 to 15 years. 

The AXA Research Fund requires a specific Candidate (inaugural Candidate for Successional Chairs) to be presented, and the Candidate commits to take up the position, if awarded. Once the Institution enters into an agreement with the AXA Research Fund, it is expected to invest the lump sum and use the resulting income towards the costs of the Chair.

Institutions may apply for either:

AXA Permanent Chair Position to be held by an individual Chair holder.

  • The host Institution intends to create a permanent full-time position and recruit a world-class researcher from another Institution.
  • The Institution may apply for a Chair position to be filled at a level of seniority that satisfies the above requirements and define the duration of the partnership and the level of funding requested accordingly.

AXA Successional Chair Programme where the endowment will serve to support a succession of temporary short-term appointments.

  • The Institution intends to set up a long-term Research Programme where successive world class researchers will be attracted from other institutions to fixed term appointments.
    • In exceptional circumstances, an application to appoint an internal Chair holder might be considered.
  • The application must identify the proposed inaugural Chair holder and the period of his/her appointment, which ranges from two to five years.
  • The application must indicate the procedures that will be followed to secure the succession of Chair holders, following completion of the inaugural appointment.
    • The duration of appointments subsequent to the inaugural appointment must be from two to five years.
  • The Successional Chair Programme may be held at a level of seniority that satisfies the above requirements.
    • The Institution may define the duration of the partnership and the level of funding requested accordingly.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Host institution:
    • The Fund partners with academic institutions only.
    • Host institutions located within the geographical scope below are eligible to present candidates to the AXA Chair funding campaigns.
  • Chair holder:
    • The Fund does not place restrictions on the nationality of the Chair holder. 
    • The Chair holder is expected to be of the highest caliber, as evidenced by the standard indicators for assessing academic excellence (publications in first-rate journals, international stature and network).
    • The profile expected is higher than PhD+10 years.
  • Research Topics: 
    • Only research projects with justified relevance to the following:
      • Environmental Risks
        • Climate change.
        • Natural hazards & disaster risk reduction.
        • Urbanization & Resilience, Transport and Road Safety
        • Sustainable Food and Water Management.
      • Life Risks
        • Ageing, dependency and long-term care.
        • Chronic diseases.
        • Well-being and prevention
        • Public Health & healthcare systems.
      • Socio-economic Risks
        • Insurance and its influence on the Macroeconomic environment.
        • Geopolitics and the dynamics of international relations.
        • Sustainability of public & private welfare systems.
        • Future of financial markets (low interest rate environment, climate economics…).
      • "The Fourth Industrial Revolution”
        • The technological revolution’s Social & economic impact (Medical digitization,
        • Health innovation, Energy transition, Finance, Internet of Things, Social Networks…).
        • Tools and novel approaches to scientific modelling (Bioinformatics, Data Science…).
        • Data privacy & Cybersecurity, ethics, values & regulation.
        • Artificial intelligence & learning.
        • Human behaviors and cyber-physical interactions.


  • The Fund does not accept unsolicited applications from individual applicants.
  • AXA Research Fund does not fund:
    • “Research & Development” programs when they pursue an objective of systematic application of knowledge or understanding, directed towards the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods, including design, development, and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet specific requirements.
      • This includes specific technology development, as well as clinical trials. Please note that translational Research is not considered ineligible as long as the Research work conducted is mainly fundamental. 
    • Research that would breach the AXA Group ethical guidelines, which includes (but is not limited to):
      • Research violating national regulations
      • Research having direct military use
      • Research having potentially dangerous environmental impacts
      • Research relying on the artificial production of highly infectious pathogens with potential for large scale harmful/lethal effects for humans and Research involving gain of function
      • Biomedical Research conducted without the fully informed consent of the participant
      • Research on embryonic stem cells (incl. animal, with inferred subsequent human application)
      • Research processing private personal data without the informed consent of the concerned parties (incl. genetic information)
      • Research activities aiming at human cloning