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National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health: 36 projects selected and €6.3 million mobilised for the 2017 calls for projects

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News of 07/03/2018

Today, ANSES is publishing the list of projects selected as part of its three 2017 calls for research projects for the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health: the first for projects on a general theme, the second on the theme of "Radiofrequencies and health" and the third on the theme of "Antimicrobial resistance and the environment". Following the selection process, 36 projects are being supported with funding amounting to a total of 6.3 million euros.

ANSES operates the National Research Programme for Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), funded by the Ministries of the Environment and Labour, as well as by the proceeds of the tax on radiofrequency transmitters and funds from partner institutions. In this context, each year the Agency issues calls for projects, essential tools for developing knowledge with which to support public policy-making and health risk assessment work in its field of competence.

In 2017, 316 projects were submitted in the framework of three calls for projects. After a rigorous selection process based on the assessments of a Scientific Committee, 36 dossiers were chosen: ANSES will fund 25 projects thanks to the Ministries of the Environment and Labour (€4.4M), four other projects will be supported by AVIESAN ITMO Cancer (€0.65M) as part of the Cancer Plan, three will be funded by the Ministry of Agriculture in cooperation with the French Agency for Biodiversity under the Ecophyto Plan (€0.51M), and four by the Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME) (€0.78M).

The research projects selected in 2017 relate to different types of environmental exposure, in particular:  

  • eleven projects relate to chemical agents; three of these are on endocrine disruptors and two on plant protection products.
  • ten concern physical agents: two focus on the impact of noise pollution in the environment or at work and six on radiofrequencies, particularly on electromagnetic hypersensitivity (2 projects).
  • two projects focus on nanoparticles.
  • one project concerns vector control.
  • six deal with the spread of pathogenic bacteria.
  • five projects are devoted to the theme of air: indoor air quality, fine and ultrafine particles, link with the respiratory health of the general population, especially children, and workers.

In addition, the 36 projects selected will address different areas:

  • The spread of antimicrobial resistance in the environment (6 projects),
  • Cancer: exposure to chemical agents, occupational risks, risks to children (5 projects),
  • Occupational health (7 projects),
  • Ecosystem health (3 projects),
  • Management of health risks through the human and social sciences: a participatory study in environmental health and a survey on vector-control practices (2 projects),
  • The effects of alternatives to hazardous chemical agents: bisphenols, biopesticides, biofuels (4 projects).

These calls for projects are in line with the objectives of various national plans: National Environment and Health Action Plan, National Occupational Health Plan, National Cancer Plan, Ecophyto Plan, etc. They enable ANSES and its partners to pursue the work they have been conducting for several years now to support the environmental and occupational health research communities.

As part of its efforts to promote this work, 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.

On 23 May 2018, the Scientific Conferences will be devoted to the theme of "Cancer and the environment".