ANSES launches its call for research proposals on Environmental and Occupational Health
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7 February 2012
As part of the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNREST), ANSES today launched its call for research proposals in association with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), the Multi-Organisation Thematic Institute for Cancer (ITMO Cancer) – as part of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan – and the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA) – under the 2018 Ecophyto Plan. With funding from the French Ministries for the Environment and Labour and from partner organisations, as well as revenue from a tax on radiofrequency transmitters, this call for proposals focuses on research questions raised by ministries and government agencies concerned by environmental and occupational health topics.
Among its other missions, ANSES coordinates and supports research. This includes running the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNREST), an essential resource for acquiring the knowledge necessary to assist the authorities and for health risk assessment at the Agency.
In this context a call for research proposals is launched each year with funds given to ANSES by the French Ministries for the Environment and Labour.
ANSES’s 2012 call for research proposals was launched today in association with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), the Multi-Organisation Thematic Institute for Cancer (ITMO Cancer) – as part of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan – and the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA) – under the 2018 Ecophyto Plan.
Centred on the themes of environmental and occupational health, this call has been launched in support of public policymakers. It presents the research priorities of the Second Environmental Health Plan, the Second Occupational Health Plan, the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan and the Ecophyto 2018 Plan. It concentrates its work on research questions raised by the ministries and government agencies involved in these issues.
The National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health aims to motivate scientific communities to produce useful data for the various phases of health risk analysis and, thereby, to bring scientific research and expertise closer together.
The 2012 call for proposals concerns the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health, in the general population or at work. Its scope is vast, ranging from the health risks associated with chemical and biological agents or pesticides, to those related to new technologies. It also incorporates cross-cutting approaches, in particular to address the issue of cancer. Researchers are encouraged to explore many different disciplines when developing concepts, methods or tools. Lastly, this call for proposals takes into account issues relating to the health effects of radiofrequency emissions and aims to significantly expand the size of the research community involved.
This call for proposals is being financed by a budget allocated to ANSES by the French Ministries for the Environment and Labour, as well as revenue from a tax on radiofrequency transmitters and funding from partner organisations (ADEME, ITMO Cancer and ONEMA). For 2012, total funding should be more than 6 million euros.
In 2011, the research community’s keen interest in the topics of the call for proposals was confirmed. Two hundred and twenty-four proposals were received by ANSES and 38 projects were funded to the tune of 5.3 million euros.
In order to showcase these studies and in the context of its Scientific Conferences, ANSES organises two sessions a year for programme feedback at which the research teams can present their work to the public. The next Scientific Conferences will be held at ANSES on 30 May 2012 on the theme of "From exposure indicators to biomarkers: tools for assessing and monitoring health risks”.