Climate Transition Award

Powering the climate transition: in collaboration with AXA Research Fund

Why are we launching this award?

The world has begun a decades-long transition towards a more sustainable model. Climate change is at the heart of this transition - the risks it brings but also the opportunities that lie in the scientific, political, and corporate response.

At AXA Investment Managers, we are determined to tackle the climate-related risks that threaten the future of our planet, starting with becoming a Net-Zero Asset Manager by 2050 or sooner. Without significant support from science, transitioning to a net-zero world is near impossible. We believe in the power of collective action. We want to recognise and award valuable, credible research that this world needs to overcome our collective fight against climate change.

What is the award focus?

We wish to recognise transformative research focused on the most effective ways to power the climate transition and reach net-zero, particularly in the following areas:

  • Innovative solutions and approaches to mitigation to reach net-zero by 2050.
  • Nature-Based Solutions as a key component of our climate transition, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation. Effectiveness and co-existence with other proposed solutions.
  • Measurement and tracking as the crux of the climate change issue, both in terms of assessing our limits and the extent of success or failure in reducing CO2 levels and other pollutants. For example, carbon pricing or alternative approaches to financial and economic incentives to CO2 (and other warming gas) reductions and measurement methodologies for both GHG emissions reduction and CO2 removal.
  • Beyond CO2, the reduction of other shorter-lived climate forcers as a contribution to warming reduction.

Eligibility and award amount

We wish to award an advanced researcher between PhD + 8 years and PhD + 12 years maximum.

Candidates should be of the highest calibre and have demonstrated outstanding research achievements. The total amount of the award is €100,000. The money must be exclusively dedicated to research purposes.

How to apply

The award will be open for submissions between Monday 13th September and Wednesday 6th October. To apply, please click below to read the full application and details on how to apply. Please note applications received before this date will not be counted.