Funding for research into environmental and occupational health and safety: €5 M for 44 research projects in 2010
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News of 03/12/2010
3 December 2010
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) today published the results of its call for research projects for 2010. In all, 44 projects have been chosen for a total of 5 million Euros, financed jointly with INCa, ADEME and the Ecophyto 2018 Plan. This annual call for projects is entirely dedicated to the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety. It is a key resource by which the Agency pursues its mission for risk assessment related to work and the environment. ANSES thus demonstrates its commitment to maintaining this imaginative procedure of calling for research projects to respond to risk assessment needs.
The 2010 call for projects has been very successful, as the number of applications again increased, reaching 147 compared with 118 in 2009. To meet the demand, several partner organisations joined ANSES to finance themes of shared interest. The funds available for the call for projects were thus increased to €5 M: €2.5 M allotted to ANSES by the Ministries responsible for the environment and employment, and €2.5 M from the call's co-financers: ADEME, INCa and the Ecophyto 2018 Plan.
ANSES will be financing 26 of the projects chosen, which deal particularly with reproductive disorders and endocrine disruptors due to exposure to contaminants in water, nanoparticles and radiofrequencies.
As a co-financer, INCa is supporting eight projects (three of which are feasibility studies) to characterise the behavioural and environmental risks which may lead to cancer.
ADEME will finance six projects in the field of environmental health that are relevant to its usual work, concerning waste; bio-aerosols from industrial composting; risk assessment related to organic contaminants in the ground; traffic-related emissions; and indoor air quality.
Finally, four projects were chosen with a view to funding under Theme 3 of the Ecophyto 2018 Plan, on the impact on human health of exposure to pesticides.
This call will allow the Agency to continue supporting the occupational health & safety research community that it has been financing for several years: 15 of the funded projects fall into this category.
Feasibility studies have been financed for the first time. They are short-term projects funded to an upper limit of €50,000 and aim to support the investigation of innovative approaches or the consolidation of new research teams. Thirteen of the funded projects fall into this category.
The Agency is eager for the public to reap the benefits of this research and organises a 'Rencontres scientifiques' (Scientific Outreach) event twice a year to allow the research teams to publicise their work. The next event will be held on 6 December 2010 at the Cité Universitaire Internationale, Boulevard Jourdan, in Paris's 14th arrondissement, and will mainly present work on the theme of exposure to contaminants in the environment.