AXA Research Fund Chairs 2018/19

Notification on intention to submit deadline: Monday 1 October 2018
Internal EOI deadline: Monday 8 October 2018


The University may submit one proposal only under AXA’s Chairs Programme. The University proposes to lodge its application for the 22 October 2018 deadline. 

Chairs endowed by the AXA Research Fund aim at creating a position to attract one or more world-class researchers to the host institution. The chairs are AXA professorships. Please download the AXA Chairs 2018 EOI Form, consult the AXA 2018/19 guidelines and refer to the internal timetable and processes below.

The chair holder(s) may combine teaching activities with research work, in compliance with the policy of the hosting institution.

Scheme information

Unlike in previous calls only a single scheme is offered.

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AXA offers 5 years’ funding at €200,000 per year to support the chair. The budget is expected to be used to cover the chair holder’s salary and any expenditure directly related to the chair’s research programme.

Please note the AXA Research Fund does not cover infrastructure or overhead costs.

The University is able to make an appointment at a higher level of remuneration, but are expected to cover the difference. See the AXA 2018/19 guidelines for details of eligible and ineligible costs. While AXA is amenable to other sources of funding, preferably University or public funding, being used to supplement their funds, they wish to ensure that the chairs retain the AXA Professor title.



Applications must be in one of AXA's research fields:

•    Demographics, longevity and aging
•    Well-being, prevention, personalized health
•    Management of chronic & non-communicable diseases

New technologies
•    Robotics, automation & autonomous vehicles
•    Artificial intelligence, data science & machine learning
•    Cyber risk & protection
•    Urban resilience
•    Sustainable resource management
•    Biodiversity
•    Behavioural economics
•    Social & Financial inclusion
•    Responsible investment strategies & sustainable finance
•    Efficiency of healthcare systems



The AXA Chair Scheme is intended to support a significant step change in the development of a research area within a host institution and to contribute in a distinctive way to the development of that research area. It is not intended to be replacement funding for existing positions.

The AXA research fund seeks to fund scientific excellence, and innovative and ground-breaking research.

The research project will be evaluated by peer review and selected by the International Scientific Board.


Selection criteria

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a. Host institution

  • general research environment and working conditions
  • institution’s general attractiveness nationally and internationally
  • prospecting and recruitment processes
  • national, regional and international reputation for academic excellence
  • past, present and future achievements of the institution
  • ambition and overall institutional vision for the duration of the endowment requested
  • positioning of the host laboratory in the host institution, and commitment of the institution to the Chair Programme

b. Research laboratory

  • research environment and working conditions within the laboratory (quality and availability of resources, equipment, expertise etc)
  • academic reach of the laboratory’s research (publications in international renowned scientific journals, presence of internationally renowned researchers)
  • relationship with the international community (international impact of the research carried out, success in attracting top-tier foreign researchers)
  • positioning of the laboratory within the institution and alignment with the institution’s ambition and overall vision for the duration of the endowment requested
  • positioning of the laboratory within the broader research field


  • potential to make a step change in the considered Research field
    • scientific originality and innovative nature of the research programme
    • potential to strengthen international academic networks, including planned collaborations on the research programme and comparison with existing initiatives in other research centres
  • feasibility of the research programme
    • operational strength of the chair programme, notably regarding the planned methodologies
    • alignment of the research programme with the long-term research strategy of the institution
    • organisational set-up to launch and support this chair, including the size of the team and its competencies, as well as a realistic and coherent budget
      The Institution is free to make an appointment at a higher cost level but must support the extra expenditure from its own funds. The host institution could also request for other funding partners as long as the conditions of the agreement with AXA are still respected, notably regarding the publicity on the grant (see 'Publicity on grant' below).
  • chair outreach and engagement activities
    • potential impact for society and timeliness of the research programme, and potential outreach of research activities, notably dissemination activities within and beyond the academic community
    • engagement with the AXA Research Fund in developing seminars and conferences to disseminate research towards practitioners



  • academic excellence and track record
  • previous achievements and innovative capabilities
  • adequacy of fit between the contemplated research programme and the chair holder’s expertise
  • international recognition of the chair holder by his peers
  • leadership skills and ability to implement the research programme
  • relevance of the chair holder mobility, in particular alignment with the research strategy of the host institution and laboratory, adequacy of the move with the track record of the candidate
  • personal commitment of the chair holder to the aims of the Chair Programme


Internal Oxford timetable and process

The University may submit one (1) proposal only under AXA’s 2018/19 Chairs Programme. Initial departmental expressions of interest are due with Jennifer Lockie no later than 4pm, 8 October 2018. Please download the brief expression of interest (EOI) form. Please signal your intention to submit an EOI to Jennifer Lockie no later than 4pm, 1 October 2018


Research Services contacts
Jennifer Lockie, 01865 (6)16508.
Daniel Blakey, 01865 (6)16514