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Grand Jet d’Or Award

Theme: Health and medical solutions to address the adverse effects of pollution on humans.

Prize: 50,000 €, awarded by the AXA Research Fund.

May 30, 2024

12.00 – 15.00

Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Geneva

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Call for Abstracts

For its 10th edition, from May 27 – 29, 2024, the GHF will address crucial issues for our future under the theme “Health, A Common Good!” The GHF transcends the boundaries of the healthcare system, considering the social and environmental determinants of health, with a specific focus on how environmental degradation is profoundly impacting human health.

As part of its mission to advance academic research on key societal challenges and contribute to human progress, the AXA Research Fund, AXA Group’s global science philanthropy launched in 2008, is teaming up with the GHF to introduce a new call for the 2024 Grand Jet d’Or de Genève Award: 

“Health and medical solutions to address the adverse effects of pollution on humans.”

Grand Jet d’Or Award


The World Health Organization estimates that exposure to air pollution is responsible for about 7 million premature deaths worldwide each year. Addressing pollution-related health issues is crucial, as underscored on May 24, 2023, by the World Health Assembly’s resolution “WHA76.17 – The impacts of chemicals, waste, and pollution on human health.” The resolution calls upon Member States to work on human health impacts associated with plastics, act on linkages between chemicals, waste, pollution and other health priorities, as well as to prepare a proposal for a science-policy panel to contribute to the sound management of chemicals and waste.
Pollution is a major global health issue, affecting human health by causing respiratory diseases, heart problems, and cancer due to exposure to pollutants in the air, water, and soil. Specific attention has been given to pollutants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and developmental issues. Other pollutants such as heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and indoor air pollutants, present serious health risks, including neurological damage, reproductive disorders, and respiratory illnesses, highlighting the broad impact of pollution on human wellbeing.

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Theme and focus

Building on this international momentum, the Grand Jet d’Or de Genève 2024 will focus on the nexus of pollution and its health impacts. 
The objective of the Grand Jet d’Or de Genève Award is to support a research team engaged in researching or implementing research-based projects with a focus on health treatment, measurements, use of data, and community involvement in addressing pollution-related health issues. Proposed projects must demonstrate their potential to change health practices and improve health outcomes in relation to pollution of air, water and soil, including but not limited to PFAS. Multidisciplinary teams exploring innovative practices or tools will be favoured.
The projects should not only focus on preventive measures to reduce pollution in the environment, but also encompass a broader scope, including assessing existing pollution, removing pollutants from the body and environment, developing medical solutions for pollution-related diseases, and finding ways to enhance health despite existing pollution.

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Application process

The call will be open from March 13 to April 21, 2024, midnight (CET). Applications must be submitted online in English.

The Scientific Committee will select the top seven applications, which will then be submitted to the Programme Committee for the final selection of the winner. The award- winning research group will be announced on Monday, May 27, 2024, after the first day of the Geneva Health Forum, in the presence of the winning team.

The Grand Jet d’Or de Genève Award carries a prize of 50,000 €, awarded by the AXA Research Fund.

Grand Jet d’Or Award

About the AXA Research Fund

The AXA Research Fund is AXA’s global scientific philanthropy initiative created in 2008 to accelerate scientific knowledge on key societal challenges. The Fund supports innovative research in the fields of climate & environment, health, and socioeconomic risks, and helps disseminate the research outcomes to inform decision-making. Over the last 15 years, the AXA Research Fund has committed over 250M€ to support 720 projects in 340 leading academic institutions worldwide.

Find out more on,  X/LinkedIn: @AXAResearchFund

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