AXA Research Fund secures EUR 50m funding over the next 5 years

  • The AXA Research Fund will receive EUR 50m over the next five years
  • The fund will focus on energy transition and women’s health for the remainder of 2018
  • New endowment comes as the fund celebrates its 10th birthday

The AXA Research Fund has been granted a new EUR 50m endowment over the next five years as its looks to fund new, innovative research to better understand and manage risk.

The fund, which celebrated its 10th birthday this week, focuses on health, environment, social and economic issues as well as technology, but has two major priorities for 2018 in line with AXA’s strategy; energy transition and women’s health. Grants are awarded to researchers up to the value of EUR 125,000.

The AXA Research Fund has dedicated EUR 180m, since 2008, to fund 563 projects in 35 countries. In 2018, the fund has already supported 39 researchers covering topics such as the environment, innovation in healthcare and technology.

Since its inception, the AXA Research Fund has committed EUR 24m to 128 academics at UK universities.  In the past year, grants have been awarded to Peter Joshi of the University of Edinburgh, who is studying genomic and biological basis of human lifespan in order to guide medicine and healthcare systems and Joanna Bryson, of the University of Bath, who is investigating whether robots who look like humans have a negative effect on our perception of artificial intelligence.

Thomas Buberl, CEO, AXA commented “By contributing to the progress and dissemination of science to address our societies’ challenges, the AXA Research Fund is a key pillar of our corporate responsibility, a vector of AXA’s strategy aiming at offering everyone the means to live a better life.” [Thomas Buberl, CEO, AXA.]

Marie Bogataj, Director, AXA Research said “Research can play a decisive role in the improvement of women’s specific health conditions and in facilitating solutions for their access to health services.”


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