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National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health: 34 projects selected, six million euros mobilised for the 2016 calls for projects

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News of 12/01/2017

ANSES publishes the results of its two 2016 calls for research projects for the National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health, the first on a general topic, and the second devoted to the subject of "Radiofrequencies and health". At the end of the selection process, 34 projects were selected and funded, for a total amount of six million euros.

ANSES is coordinator of the National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), funded by the Ministries of the Environment and Labour, as well as by the tax on radiotransmitters and funds from partner institutions. In 2016, for the tenth year in a row, the Agency launched a competitive call for projects, an essential tool for developing knowledge to support public policymaking and health risk assessment work in its fields of expertise.

In 2016, 285 projects were submitted. After a strict selection process based on assessments by a scientific committee, 34 dossiers were selected. Twenty-five will be financed directly by ANSES (€4.43M), while six other projects will be supported by the AVIESAN ITMO Cancer institute (€1M), two will be funded by ONEMA in the framework of the Ecophyto Plan (€0.32M) and one by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) (€0.2M).

The research projects selected in 2016 involve a number of different types of environmental exposure, including:  

  • eight projects concerning chemical agents, three of which are on endocrine disruptors and two on pesticides;   
  • seven concerning physical agents: one focusing on the impact of noise pollution associated with wind turbines, and six on radiofrequencies;
  • two projects focusing on nanoparticles (biomarkers, impact during gestation);
  • four dealing with biological agents: one concerns vector control, two the spread of pathogenic bacteria, and one on zoonotic risk;
  • four projects are devoted to the theme of air: particles, fibres and indoor air pollutants; one project addresses the assessment of the economic repercussions of air pollution

In addition, among the 34 projects:

  • seven projects deal with cancer: biomarkers, occupational risks, risks in children, studies of mechanisms and exposure to carcinogens;
  • nine concern either the occupational health field, or the occupational health and environmental health field;
  • three projects in the human and social sciences address occupational risks or the management of health risks;
  • one project assesses the impact on worker health of the establishment of preventive measures against musculoskeletal disorders.
  • one project is on the theme of climate change and health.

These calls for projects correspond to the objectives of the various national plans: National Environmental Health Action Plan, National Occupational Health Plan, Cancer Plan, Ecophyto Plan, etc. Through them, ANSES and its partners continue the work begun several years ago to support the environmental health and occupational health research communities.

In order to showcase these studies, ANSES organises two sessions a year to provide feedback from the National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health through its Scientific Conferences, to allow research teams to present their work in public.

The 10-year anniversary of the PNR EST (in French) was celebrated during the Scientific Conferences session held on 14 November 2016 .

It should be noted that three calls for projects have been launched for 2017, one of which involves “Antibiotic resistance and the environment”, and was announced last November 17th in the context of the launching of the Interministerial programme for the control of antibiotic resistance.