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How to obtain funding

  • Regarding Chairs and Post-Doctoral Fellowships, only research institutions may submit applications ("Call for Applications"). No individual applications will be considered. For more information on our process please view the Requirements for any application page and the How to register an institution page. Please use this search engine to check if your institution is registered and to know who to contact to be able to apply through this institution.

  • We encourage institutions to organise a fair and transparent internal selection process and communicate widely on opportunities offered by the AXA Research Fund, as the number of candidates they can propose is limited.

  • The global selection rate is 15%.

  • Moreover, please note that the AXA Research Fund proposes new funding schemes as of 2013. Two new funding schemes were created: AXA Awards, and AXA Joint Research Initiatives. These are awarded by our Scientific Board following recommendations made by independent Search Committees composed of eminent academics (“Call for Nominations”).  

See an overview of our major funding schemes:

(Research Fellowships)
Number of grants annually given Decision of the Scientific Board
(3 to 5)
Decision of the Scientific Board
25 in one wave)
Decision of the Scientific Board (1 to 4 for each scheme) 

AXA Chair Position 
(0.5m€ to 2.5m€)

AXA Successional Chair Program
(0.3m€ to 1.8m€)


130 000€ for the entire duration of the 2 year funding From 100 000€ up to 250 000€
Process Application through institution Application through institution Selection by the AXARF Scientific Board
Duration From 5 to 30 years Two year cycle From 2 to 3 years
Max. number of candidates that can be proposed by a single institution per campaign
1 per year 2 NA
Host institution needs to be registered Yes Yes NA
Pre-selection via the operational contact of the institution  Yes Yes NA

Status of the campaign

Initial Procedure

The Institution Representative declares his intent to apply to the AXA Research Fund by email: chairs@axa.com

The Institution Representative states the wish of his institution to take part in the campaign on the AXA Research Fund's application website Academic candidates must liaise with an AXA Team (see Modus Operandi)
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Modus operandi

To find out more about the selection process for each type of funding and the dates of our annual funding campaigns, download the modus operandi.

Granted projects

€ 149 million committed, 492 research projects supported in 33 countries, 51 different nationalities.

Find out more about granted projects