Because science is at the heart of human progress
A mandate-driven approach
The AXA Research Fund functions on a five-year mandate with a main mission at heart: supporting transformative and excellent science. The current mandate, launched in January 2023, is focused on further strengthening the transdisciplinary exploration of emerging risks, to consolidate links between academic experts, industry and the public sector around major societal issues for informed decision-making, and to implement innovative formats for the dissemination of scientific knowledge for the benefit of decision-makers and the public.
The AXA Research Fund is one of our most important philanthropic commitments. By funding research on the preservation of our planet, the improvement of health and the stability of our economies and societies, we are fully committed to act for human progress by protecting what matters.Thomas Buberl CEO of AXA
Accelerating science to protect what matters
We seek to support scientists of the highest caliber and potential whose research projects are innovative and transformative. We also strive to catalyze a step-change in the career of its supported researchers through funding, public engagement, and increased collaboration.
Disseminating knowledge and informing decision-making
We work to accelerate scientific dissemination. In addition to financial support, we assist researchers in outreach efforts through the engagement of the research community with media partners and non-scientific audiences. Ultimately, our goal is the dissemination of scientific knowledge towards better informed decision-making.
The Fund’s work is directed towards major risks our society is facing in the areas of health, environment, and socio-economy & new tech. This scope is also aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
committed to research
Research projects funded
women-led research projects
academic institutions supported
Committed to contribute to global societal challenges related to health, environment, and socio-economy & new tech.
From Argentina to Vietnam, we work with the best. Discover the institutions we collaborate with.
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
Nanyang Technological University
Tel Aviv University
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
University of Oxford
Spanish National Research Council
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Toulouse School of Economics
University of Cape Town
University of Cologne
University of California - Berkeley
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Sapienza University of Rome
University of KU Leuven
Technical University of Crete
The AXA Research Fund provides an amazing opportunity to enable scientific research that responds to urgent and critical risks of our time. By supporting change-makers in a diversity of fields, the Fund helps expedite action towards a more equitable, sustainable and safer society for all.Prof. Debra Roberts President of the AXA Research Fund Scientific Board
The AXA Research Fund Scientific Board
To ensure relevance, excellence, and the independence of its projects, the AXA Research Fund is advised by a team of experts including a scientific board responsible for ensuring the transparency and the integrity of the selection process for every research project that is awarded funding.
The AXA Research Fund Advisory Board
The Advisory Board, composed of C-suite AXA Group business leaders, provides inputs on broad strategic development and research fields to be developed.