The Global insurance leader AXA created in 2008 a dedicated fund to support excellence in academic research.

The AXA Research Fund evaluation process has been carefully designed to assess scientific excellence irrespective of the gender and nationality of the Chair holder or any other potential biases. The evaluations are monitored to guarantee transparency, fairness and impartiality in the processing of applications.

AXA Chair in a nutshell


What is an AXA Chair ?

The AXA Chair is the premium funding scheme of the AXA Research Fund. It aims at :

  • creating a dedicated full-time senior academic position in an institution
  • supporting a significant acceleration in the development of a research field
  • fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor

Institutions may apply for either an established AXA Permanent Chair position to be held on a long-term basis by a single Chair holder, or an AXA Successional Chair program where the award will support a series of temporary consecutive appointments.


An AXA Chair is awarded for an initial period of 5 years. Renewal for a second period of up to 5 years is subject to review of past achievements and of detailed future research plans, with a possible site visit. 

In case of a successional chair application, the period of the initial Chair holder will not exceed 2 years.


The AXA Research Fund partners with academic institutions only. Institutions located within countries where the AXA Group has insurance operations are eligible for funding. Click here to access the AXA world map.


The Chair holder is expected to be of the highest calibre and should have demonstrated outstanding research achievements. The external recruitment of the Chair holder is mandatory.

Research program

The research program should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature, and have the potential to make a step change in the considered academic field. The institution ensures that the research programme is in accordance with the rules and objectives of the AXA Research Fund.


The AXA Research Fund aims to contribute to solving societal challenges of our times. In this context, funded Chair holders are expected to proactively engage with society.


An AXA Chair will normally be funded at a level of 120.000€ per year. Request for an extra financial support will be considered only in exceptional and duly justified circumstances.

It is the responsibility of the institution to submit a carefully calibrated budget, commensurate with the ambition of the research program and justified in a detailed and coherent manner.



Ethics is of utmost importance for the AXA Research Fund. Supported research programs are required to comply fully with all relevant ethical review processes and for this compliance to be evidenced. Cases of scientific misconduct (such as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or misrepresentation of data) or of inappropriate behaviour towards staff or other parties will be considered as breaches of the Fund’s ethical principles and will lead to the termination of the partnership.


Intellectual property

The Chair holder remains fully independent to conduct the research project. AXA will not claim any right to the ownership or use of the results.

Key Dates

Institutions are invited to submit their applications for one of the two campaigns, bearing in mind that an Institution is allowed to submit only one application per year:

June 13, 2018

First Campaign

Submitting the project short description : April 13, 2018

Requesting a slot : April 27, 2018

Deadline for application submission : June 13, 2018

Rebuttal Phase : Sep 3 > Sep 10, 2018

Deadline for Video presentation : Sep 10, 2018

Results announcements : Nov 30, 2018

November 22, 2018

Second Campaign

Submitting the project short description : October 15, 2018

Requesting a slot : Oct 24, 2018

Deadline for application submission : Nov 22, 2018

Rebuttal Phase : Feb 13 > Feb 20, 2019

Deadline for Video presentation : Feb 20, 2019

Results announcements : April 30, 2019