Our mission

The mission of the AXA Research Fund is to support academic institutions hosting outstanding researchers committed to improving people’s life by carrying out cutting-edge and innovative research dealing with global societal challenges related to Life & Health, Data & Technology, Climate & Environment and Economics & Insurance.

Life & Health

-Demographics, longevity and aging

-Prevention, personalized health and behavior change (incl. NCDs…)

-Population health management

Data & Technology

-Artificial intelligence, data science & machine learning

-Cyber risk & protection

-Robotics, automation & autonomous vehicles

Climate & Environment

-Risk modelling of natural hazards & weather events

-Urban resilience

-Sustainable resource management

Economics and Insurance

-Systemic risk and macro-economic and societal role of insurance

-Sustainable finance

-Financial modelling

-Geopolitical & country risk

About the AXA Research Fund

The AXA Research Fund is the scientific philanthropy initiative of global insurance leader AXA dedicated to boosting scientific discoveries that contribute to societal progress.

Facts and Figures

Created in 2007

531 Research projects supported

Researchers of 55 nationalities in 34 countries

€166 millions committed

We also encourage researchers to engage with the general audience and feed the public debate

  • By promoting the AXA Fellows’ public engagement toward a broad audience and in the media, through a lively community management
  • By fostering scientific exchanges and knowledge-sharing in society, to enlighten decision making on risks related issues

The AXA Research Fund supports academic innovation carried out by top-tier researchers all over the world. It provides researchers with the means and freedom to complete their work successfully, so that they feel encouraged to explore new avenues.
The awarding of grants is based on strict academic criteria, following a transparent and rigorous selection process, which is overseen by a Scientific Board mainly composed of well-known senior academics, and presided by Prof. Tom Kirkwood (Newcastle University, UK).

The AXA Research Fund aims to foster scientific research on risks which are among the most important challenges faced by societies in today’s world. Through innovative philanthropic partnerships, the Fund supports leading researchers and academic institutions across the world and contributes to developing the dialogue between science, the private sector and civil society.

Prof. Thomas Kirkwood

President of the AXA Research Fund Scientific Board and Director of the Changing Age Initiative at Newcastle University, (UK)

Discover AXA’s support to scientific research, beyond just funding

Watch this video to learn more about AXA Research Fund's work over the last 12 months, supporting scientists dedicated to help us all live a better life.