National Research Programme on "Environment - Health - Work": 38 new projects selected, for 5.3 million euros
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News of 24/10/2011
25 October 2011
Every year, as part of the National Research Programme on "Environment - Health - Work", ANSES launches a call for research projects. This year, 38 projects were selected. Together they will receive 5.3 million euros in funding from the Ministries of the Environment and Labour, the Institut Thématique Multi-Organismes run jointly by the Alliance pour les Sciences de la vie et la santé (AVIESAN) and the French National Cancer Institute (INCa), the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), and the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments (ONEMA), in the framework of the Ecophyto 2018 plan overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Among its other missions, ANSES coordinates and supports research. This includes running the National Research Programme on "Environment - Health - Work" (PNR EST), an essential resource for acquiring the knowledge necessary to assist the authorities and for health risk assessment. It is in this context that a call for research projects is launched each year.
ANSES received 224 proposals in answer to the 2011 call for projects, compared with 147 in 2010 and 118 in 2009, confirming the lively interest among the research community in the themes for which entries were invited.
The combined front provided by ANSES and its partners for the "Environment - Health - Work" National Research Programme offered a common point of entry for researchers in environmental and occupational health, fostering synergy and complementarities between research subjects and between projects. As a result, 24 projects will be financed by funds entrusted to ANSES by the Ministry of the Environment (€1.4M), by the Ministry of Labour (€1M) and via a new tax on radiofrequency transmitters (€830K). Nine other projects will be supported by AVIESAN's ITMO Cancer unit (€1.2M), four by the ADEME (€650K) and, lastly, one project was selected for funding by ANEMA, with income derived from taxes on diffuse pollution, as a measure in support of the Ecophyto 2018 plan (€90K).
Through this call for projects, ANSES and its partners continue their work in support of the environmental health and occupational health research communities that they have pursued for several years and, by the themes chosen for research, promote the aims of the national plans for environmental and occupational health (National Environmental Health Plan, Occupational Health Plan, Cancer Plan, Ecophyto 2018 Plan, etc.).
Twelve of the projects selected for funding will thus be studying emerging risks such as nanoparticles, radiofrequencies and LEDs; fourteen will concern occupational health and will study the health impact of work organisation and exposure to agents such as noise, ultraviolet radiation, pesticides, etc.; ten will be investigating cancer risks related to the personal or occupational environment; six projects will deal with risks to reproduction or children's health, focusing particularly on endocrine disruptors; and lastly, eight projects will study the effects of contaminants in air and water.
In order to showcase these studies in the context of its Scientific Seminars, ANSES organises two sessions a year for feedback from the National Research Programme on "Environment - Health - Work" during which the research teams can present their work to the public.
The next session will be held on 30 November at the Cité Universitaire Internationale, (Boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14ème) on the theme of “Biological agents - from emergence to resurgence. Characterising the principal risk factors for humans”.