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ANSES launches its two calls for research projects on the themes "Environmental and Occupational Health" and "Radiofrequencies and health"

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News of 21/10/2015

One of ANSES’s missions is to organise and support research. This is most notably reflected in the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR-EST) that it runs, an essential resource for acquiring the knowledge necessary to assist the authorities and for health risk assessment work. In this framework, calls for research projects are issued each year, on environmental and occupational health themes. For the 2016 edition of the PNR-EST, two calls for projects are being issued today, for a total available funding of six million euros. 

For 2016, the calls for projects issued within the framework of the PNR-EST concern the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health, in the general or working population. Projects related to risks to ecosystems and environmental quality will also be supported. 

These calls for projects therefore cover a wide field, ranging from health risks associated with chemical or biological agents or pesticides, to questions raised by the rapid development of technologies. Environmental toxicology is another of the issues concerned. 

Projects may also include cross-cutting approaches, for which researchers are encouraged to develop concepts, methods or tools from different disciplines. 

The first call for projects, designed to be more general in purpose, was funded from sums provided to ANSES by the Ministries of Ecology and Labour, and also from other partners: the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the multi-organisation thematic institute for cancer (ITMO Cancer) as part of the national Cancer Plan, the Ministry of Agriculture under the French Ecophyto Plan (in cooperation with ONEMA, the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments). This call for projects focused on various themes: 

  • Risks associated with physical (noise, non-ionising radiation), chemical and biological agents; 
  • vector control; 
  • risks associated with nanoparticles;
  • risks associated with mineral fibres;
  • risks associated with exposure to pesticides;
  • risks associated with environmental carcinogens;
  • risks associated with exposure to waste;
  • risks associated with air quality; 
  • risks associated with climate change;
  • an approach to health risks from the perspective of the human and social sciences.


The second call for projects is devoted to the theme "Radiofrequencies and Health". Financed from the proceeds of a tax on radiofrequency transmitters, its aim is to develop research initiatives that will support expert appraisal. The text in this call for projects focuses on five themes: 

  • research on the mechanisms of action of radiofrequencies at cell level,
  • research on the physiological or health effects of radiofrequencies,
  • electromagnetic hypersensitivity,
  • effects of the uses of new technologies,
  • characterisation of exposure situations. 

The National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR-EST) aims to encourage scientific communities to produce data of use in the different phases of the health and ecosystem risk analysis, thereby bringing research and scientific expert appraisal closer together. 

These two calls for projects in particular establish the research priorities for the national environmental health, occupational health, cancer and Ecophyto plans, and by doing so, provide support for public policymaking. They are aimed at research questions posed by the ministries and State agencies affected by these topics. 

As part of its efforts to promote this work, ANSES organises twice-yearly Scientific Conferences to enable the research teams to present the work funded under the PNR-EST. These conferences, organised over an entire day, attract attendees from a variety of backgrounds: stakeholders from the voluntary and professional sectors, scientists, journalists, public institutions, etc.

The most recent Scientific Conferences, which were held on 12 October 2015, had as their central theme: "Exposure to physical agents and new technologies: what are the health effects?", a theme central to the work of ANSES.