ANSES launches its call for research projects in environmental health and occupational health
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News of 12/12/2012
As a part of its mission to plan and support research, ANSES runs the French National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNREST), an essential tool for the development of knowledge as support for public policymaking and the health risk assessment work carried out by the Agency. In this framework, a call for research projects in environmental and occupational health is issued every year with funds entrusted to ANSES by the Ministries of Ecology and Labour, in addition to the proceeds of the tax on radiofrequency transmitters, and funds from partner institutions. The 2013 call for projects, which focuses on the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health in the general population or at work, is launched today with total funding of around 6 million euros.
ANSES’s 2013 call for research projects is being launched in association with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the Multi-Organisation Thematic Institute for Cancer (ITMO Cancer) as part of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan, the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA) under the Ecophyto Plan supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, and for the first time, the same ministry as part of the 2017 Ecoantibio Plan.
Centred on the themes of environmental and occupational health, this call for projects is intended to support public policymaking. In particular, it reflects the research priorities of the second National Environment and Health Action Plan, the second Occupational Health Action Plan, the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan, the Ecophyto Plan and the 2017 Ecoantibio Plan. It is focused on research questions raised by the Ministries and government agencies concerned by these issues.
The French National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health is seeking to encourage the scientific community to produce useful data for the different phases of health risk analysis, thereby bringing scientific research and expert appraisal closer together.
The 2013 call for projects focuses on the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health in the general population or at work. It has a huge scope, ranging from the health risks associated with chemical or biological agents or pesticides, to questions raised by various technologies (risks associated with nanomaterials or radiofrequency emissions, antimicrobial resistance, etc.). It also includes cross-cutting approaches, in particular on the issue of cancer. Researchers are encouraged to develop concepts, methods and tools from different disciplines. Finally, it takes into account questions on the effects of radiofrequency emissions on health and aims to foster development of the research community involved.
This call for proposals is funded by a budget delegated to ANSES by the Ministries of Ecology and Labour, in addition to the proceeds of the tax on radiofrequency transmitters, and funds from partner institutions (ADEME, ITMO Cancer, Ministry of Agriculture, ONEMA). For 2013, the total amount of funding is expected to be around 6 million euros.
In 2012, the research community’s keen interest in the themes covered by the call for projects was confirmed: 208 proposals were received by ANSES and 31 projects were funded for a total of 5.8 million euros.
ANSES is particularly keen to promote the results of this work and, as part of its Scientific Conferences, organises two sessions a year in which the research teams concerned can present their results to a broader public. The next session of the Scientific Conferences will be held in April 2013 at ANSES.