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 through the engagement of 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
689 research projects funded
331 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.

Thomas Kirkwood

President of the Scientific Board & Associate Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University - UK

Debra Roberts

Head of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality, Durban - SA

Itzhak Gilboa

Professor in Economics and Decision Sciences at HEC

Nihat Berker

President of Sabanci University, Istanbul (TK) & Emeritus Professor of Physics, MIT - USA

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

Dominique Pestre

Professor, History of Science and Science in Society, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS - FR

Laurent Clavel

Head of Economics, AXA Investment Managers

Marine Habart

Life & Health Chief Actuary of the AXA Group

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