Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation

Founded in 2006, the Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation acts as a driving force to encourage research in the broad field of mathematical finance: capital markets, actuarial finance and insurance, quantitative asset management, risk management, financial econometrics and statistics, derivatives pricing, hedging of complex financial instruments. Natixis Foundation with its Scientific Committee is a major contributor to the development of research in quantitative finance.

Supporting research at the international level

Natixis Foundation for Research & Innovation is currently unique in its focus on mathematical finance and in taking part in the latest developments undertaken by the best university research teams in the world.

Natixis Foundation offers several types of research support:

  • PhD and university research grants on subjects directly related to current issues and technical challenges faced by financial institutions,
  • Awards for outstanding contributions:
    • Louis Bachelier Natixis – London Mathematical Society Prize
    • Prize for best Master's thesis in quantitative finance
  • Co-sponsor of scientific conferences with top-ranking universities.

Scientific Committee 

Michel Crouhy, former director of Quantitative Research at Natixis, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation

Denis Talay, Head of Research at INRIA (Institut national de recherche en informatique appliquée), former Professor of École Polytechnique and former Chairman of SMAI (Société de mathématiques appliquées et industrielles), Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation

Alexis Collomb, Professor of finance at CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), Chairman of the Department of Economics, Finance, Insurance and Banking

Rama Cont, Professor at University of Oxford and director of the Chair of Mathematical finance, director of Research at CNRS

Nicole El Karoui, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University, founder of the Master "Probabilities and Finance" of the Probabilities and Random Models Laboratory of Université Paris 6 – Pierre et Marie Curie

Jean-Paul Laurent, Professor at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne

Charles-Albert Lehalle, Senior advisor at Capital Fund Management

Olivier Pironneau, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne University and member of the French Academy of Sciences