Our Purpose: Accelerating Science to Protect What Matters

Funding Innovative and Transformative Research

The AXA Research Fund seeks to support scientists of the highest caliber and potential whose research projects are innovative and transformative. The Fund also strives 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

The AXA Research Fund works to accelerate scientific dissemination and support the promotion of its grantees’ expertise and research outcomes. In addition to financial support, the Fund assists researchers' outreach efforts by engaging the community of grantees with nonscientific audiences and media partnerships. Ultimately, our goal is the dissemination of scientific knowledge towards better informing decision-making.

Key Figures

€250 Million committed
708 research projects funded
334 academic institutions supported

Research Fields


The AXA Research Fund Scientific Board

Composed of top-tier scientists from a variety of research fields, the Scientific Board ensures the selection of research projects, following a rigorous process of academic pre-screening and peer review, to select some of the best researchers with high transformative potential, from top academic institutions. The Scientific Board is responsible for the transparency and the integrity of the selection process.

Debra Roberts

President of the Scientific Board and Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives function in eThekwini Municipality, Durban - SA

Olivier Boucher

CNRS research director at the Laboratoire de météorologie dynamique - FR

Carol Brayne

Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Cambridge

Lawrence Lessig

Former Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University - USA & Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School - USA

Raja Chatila

Professor Emeritus of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and IT Ethics at Sorbonne University - FR

Marja Jylhä

Professor of Gerontology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health Sciences - Tampere University - FI

Isabel Díaz

Deputy Vice-President of International Cooperation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) - ES

The Team

The team is responsible for the definition and implementation of the Fund’s strategy, ensuring the development of strong partner relationships with the community of AXA-supported researchers and their academic institutions, and developing communication and dissemination initiatives.