The AXA Research Fund is looking at supporting post-doctoral research in understanding the impact of harmful substances on human health, and in investigating the way they are – and could be – regulated, as well as the role of public health policy and the costs for the economy and the insurance business.
Projects will focus on issues around – but not limited to – the following areas:
the specific study of the next concerning substances and their impact on human health and the environment,
the development of green toxicology and prevention around hazardous chemicals,
the role of public policy, especially looking comparatively, in developing actions to protect human health and to measure the effects of these substances,
economic costs of exposures to concerning substances, and recommendations to be made for policy makers and the insurance business.
The final objective is to develop better knowledge of harmful substance risk for human health, inform and optimize public health policy, and feed insurance risk models and investment strategies.
AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising early-career researchers, defined as no more than five years past the completion of their PhD, on a topic aligned with AXA’s priorities and societal challenges. The support of AXA Research Fund should be transformative for the researcher and the advancement of their field.
Candidates should be of the highest caliber and have demonstrated outstanding research achievements, as evidenced by the usual indicators for assessing academic excellence such as research outputs (e.g., publications), research activities (e.g., organizing networks, being involved in communities) and research impact (e.g. , policy report, specific recognition through awards, etc.). Candidates must be awarded their PhD before they submit their Expression of Interest. AXA Fellowships aim at supporting promising early-career researchers who hold a PhD (but for no longer than five years).
The project calls are global. However, the AXA Research Fund partners with academic institutions only; thus, NGOs, governmental bodies, foundations, independent research centers, cultural institutions (such as museums), hospitals are not eligible. Each institution can present at most ONE CANDIDATE (and not one per department, faculty, or laboratory). In
case of several Expressions of Interest submitted from a single institution, all applications would be disqualified. Institutions hosting an AXA Chair cannot request an extra Post-Doctoral fellowship for a researcher working on the AXA Chairholder's team.
Maximum Project Value
An AXA Fellowship is awarded for a maximum amount of 125,000€ in total, to be spent over the two years. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a carefully calibrated budget, appropriate for the ambition of the research program and justified in a detailed and coherent manner. The budget will help cover:
Annual salary of the researcher (based on institution internal policy)
Any other type of costs not listed above should be justified in the application template. No overhead costs can be eligible. No additional budget will be granted. Budget reallocation during an ongoing project must be strongly justified.
Host institutions will be expected to participate in the AXA Fellowship’s general funding with studentships, PhD support and material resources related to the research program. The institution should demonstrate this participation in the section dedicated to the budget in the application form. Grants should not substitute for the host institution’s responsibilities vis-à-vis its researchers. As a result, the grant cannot be used to procure basic laboratory equipment.
Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Please note: only one application may be submitted by the University of Guelph. If required, applications will be adjudicated with input from the AVP Research Services and/or Research Services Council.