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 and data sciences: capital markets, actuarial finance and insurance, quantitative asset management, risk management, financial econometrics and statistics, derivatives pricing, hedging of complex financial instruments, an applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to new issues in digital finance and fintechs. 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 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
    • Prize for the Data Challenge Natixis-École Normale Supérieure
  • Co-sponsor of scientific conferences with top-ranked universities.


Encouraging careers in science: discover the exciting Math C2+ program!

The Natixis Foundation also provides support to the Math C2+ program launched by the French Ministry for Education and the Paris Mathematical Sciences Foundation.

The aim of the program is to organize training sessions for high school students in partnership with universities, engineering schools and research institutions in order to:

  • Foster a new scientific culture,
  • Identify and encourage mathematical talent in youths, and more specifically in Priority Education Areas,
  • Open up the way for a scientific career for students who are not familiar with sciences; for example, girls and students from backgrounds where science is not traditionally chosen as a career path,
  • Facilitate contact between the education world and the sphere of research.

The social aspect is very important; the objective is to give high-potential students who do not have a scientific background the opportunity to study in science fields.

At the present time, more than half the young people who have attended Math C2+ training sessions have opted to do science-related studies.

Scientific Committee 

Michel Crouhy, former Head 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