As an insurer, we have decided to support research on risks that we are or may be covering in the future. Thus, research projects supported by the Fund can fall within the scope a very large range of disciplines, which include the following :
- Aging & Long-term care, eg. trends in individual longevity, age-related diseases, population demographics.
- Biomedical risks, from the analysis and evolution of infectious diseases and pandemics, to exposure to new technologies.
- Addictions and risky behaviors, from the perspectives of psychology, biology, medicine, etc.
- NB: The AXA Research Fund wishes to finance basic research only. This excludes R&D research programs, as well as clinical trials involved in clinical research projects. Please note that research programs aimed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of a disease and its impact on health are considered basic.
- Geopolitical risks, eg. access to natural resources, international and civil conflicts, political upheavals, international security.
- Macroeconomic and financial systemic risks, i.e. all uncertainties pertaining to relationships between economic aggregates (national income, government expenditure, aggregate demand etc.).
- Individual and collective behaviors towards uncertainties
- Large corporate risks, from internal corporate governance risks to threats and challenges inherent to the corporate environment.
- Climate change, from glacier retreat to sea-level rise.
- Natural hazards, from earth hazards to atmospheric and space-weather phenomena.
- Human driven environmental changes such as urban pollution, nanotechnologies or pesticide exposure.
Applications should tackle one of the eligible research fields relying on several of the following approaches:
- Risk identification and definition
- Risk assessment and measure
- Risk modelling
- Risk mitigation
- Decision-making processes when facing risks
- Risk prevention
Although these projects must fit into any one of these themes, we will accept applications coming from any discipline, provided that they contribute to greater knowledge and understanding of risks, including but not limited to: Earth Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Social Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Chemistry, Sociology, etc.
2013 THEMATIC PRIORITIES - The AXA Research Fund "OPEN GROUNDS"
AXA is additionally committed to providing particular support for research on “Open Grounds” – topics which are of major concern for both academics and insurers in our three clusters of Risk.
That is why, each year, the AXA Research Fund will issue thematic priorities (“Open Grounds”): a selection of topics resulting from active discussions between international researchers and AXA experts. These serve as a basis for Search Committees to submit proposals to the Scientific Board in the course of our Call for Nominations process.
AXA Research Fund’s thematic priorities (“Open Grounds”) for 2013 will be the following:
Life Risks: Because the remarkable gain of about 30 years in life expectancy in developed countries stands out as one of the most important accomplishments of the 20th century, this Open Ground will revolve around the concept of Aging in the 21st century: from malleability of aging, to health, vitality and the study of longevity as a new form of social inequality.
Socio-economic Risks: Because it is now increasingly possible to track the location, health state, social and economic habits of nearly every person on the planet, and because the flows of Big Data can unleash powerful analytic capabilities, this Open Ground will revolve around the concept of Digital as an Ongoing Revolution: from privacy issues, to e-health and e-marketing evolutions.
Environmental Risks: Because of increases in the frequency and intensity of climate change-induced extreme weather events combined with escalating population density, this Open Ground will revolve around our societies' Ability to Face Extreme Hazards: from the modeling of climate change at small and mid-scale, to socio-economic resilience and the prediction and impact assessment of local, extreme and recurring events.