The AXA Research Fund, the science philanthropic initiative of the insurance leader AXA, supports global fundamental research to understand and better prevent environmental, human life and socio-economic risks. Since 2007, €179M have been committed to support 563 research projects, carried out in 35 countries by researchers of 58 nationalities. In Hong Kong, approx. €2.17M have been committed to support 8 researchers.
The selection of applications is based on academic criteria and submitted to final decision by the Scientific Board. AXA Research Fund both undertakes long-term partnerships with top-tier academia and helps them share their discoveries to enrich public debate. Through philanthropic support to research, AXA aims to foster a safer and stronger society over the long term.
As an insurer, we have decided to support research related to the societal challenges that we are or may be covering in the future, which include:
Granted projects in Hong Kong
AXA Professorship in Geography and Resource Management
AXA Research Fund has granted €1 million for the establishment of the AXA Professorship in Geography and Resource Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. The six-year AXA Professorship is held by Professor Gabriel Ngar-Cheung Lau (the renowned climate scientist). His research focuses on forecasting and understanding of the impact of climate change on East Asia.
In 2017, AXA Research Fund has also granted €130,000 for supporting a two-year project on the world’s first shellfish DNA vaccine immunotherapy research by Dr Christine Wai from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.