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Call for proposals AXA Research Fund Chairs programme

Internationally, the AXA Research Fund supports the creation of innovative research professorships. Each AXA Chair is selected to address a global societal challenge related to one of the following areas: Environment, Health, New Technologies and Socio-Economics.

An AXA Chairholder must have demonstrated outstanding research achievements and leadership qualities. The application must be submitted by the host institution.


Evaluation criteria

  • Academic excellence of the candidate and innovative nature of the research program
  • Potential to make a step change in the considered research field
  • Transformative potential of the chair on the host institution
  • Commitment to engage science with society
  • Commitment to open access to data and publications, whenever possible


Award duration

  • An AXA Chair is awarded for 5 years


Level and use of the support

  • Up to 1M for the whole duration of the programme
  • The funding can be used to support part of the professor’s salary and support research activities


Eligibility and application procedure

  • Institutions can submit only one application and need to choose one of our two campaigns.
  • Please consult https://www.axa-research.org/en/page/AXA-Chairs?xtatc=INT-1-[AXA_CHAIRS] for further information on eligibility criteria and on the application procedure



  • Institutions can express their interest in participating in AXA Chairs’ call for proposal until:
  • October 22nd, 2018 (Fall campaign)
  • April 22nd, 2019 (Spring campaign)



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