Launch of a call for research proposals on environmental and occupational health
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News of 21/02/2011
22 February 2011
ANSES launched a call for research proposals on environmental and occupational health in association with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the National Cancer Institute (INCa) and the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA), under the Ecophyto 2018 plan.
Launched within the framework of the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNREST), this call for research proposals aims to motivate scientific communities to produce useful data at all stages of health risk assessment. It concentrates its work on research questions raised by the ministries and State agencies concerned by these topics.
The call has been launched in support of public policies: it presents the research priorities of the Second Environmental Health Plan, the Second Occupational Health Plan, the 2009-2013 French Cancer Plan and the Ecophyto 2018 Plan.
Within the context of these plans, the call for proposals is organised around the following topics: the health impact of toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductively toxic substances, airborne particles, environmental asbestos, noise pollution, etc. It takes into account all environments (the work environment, indoor air, water, soil, etc.) and also focuses on vulnerable and sensitive populations. Projects involving emerging risks (new technologies, nanomaterials, medicinal product residues, endocrine disruptors, psychosocial risks) are strongly encouraged.
In concordance with the integration by ANSES of the missions of the Health and Radiofrequencies Foundation, this call for proposals includes a special call on the health effects of radio frequency emissions. Funding in this area is provided by a tax on radiofrequency transmitters, €2 million of which have been allocated directly to ANSES for this purpose.
The total budget comes to over €6 million, due to the participation of the following co-financers: the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the National Cancer Institute (INCa) and the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA), under the Ecophyto 2018 plan. This funding will be added to the initial budgets allocated to ANSES by the Ministries in charge of Ecology and Labour as well as the proceeds of the radiofrequencies tax.
In 2010, the call for proposals met with great success, as the number of applications received was even greater than the preceding year (147 in 2010 compared to 118 in 2009). The average grant awarded in 2010 was €110 thousand, and the programme has financed 276 research projects since it began in 2002, for a total of €26 million.
In order to effectively target projects of superior scientific quality, a new selection procedure based on letters of intent has been set up this year. The 2011 selection process will therefore be divided into two stages:
an initial selection on the basis of letters of intent,
a second round of selection based on complete applications for the shortlisted letters of intent.
The results of the research projects funded within the framework of this programme are showcased at public presentations organised by ANSES. The next session of these Scientific Gatherings will be entitled "From RSIs to nanoparticles – today's environmental and occupational health risks".