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National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health: ANSES issues three calls for research projects

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News of 21/10/2016

Each year, as part of the National Research Program on Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), ANSES issues its calls for research projects focused on environmental and occupational health themes. For the 2017 edition of PNR EST, three calls for projects are being issued today, and will receive total funding of around six million euros. Note that this year for the first time, one of the calls for projects is devoted to the theme of "antimicrobial resistance and the environment".


To develop knowledge with which to support public policy-making and health risk assessment work, ANSES is coordinator of the National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST).

The 2017 calls for projects focus on the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health (general population and workers), on risks to ecosystems and the quality of different environments. These calls for projects cover the health risks associated with chemical, physical and biological agents, as well as themes such as antibiotic resistance, and issues raised by the rapid development of certain technologies.  


The first call for projects, of a general nature, focuses on a variety of themes:

  • risks associated with physical (noise pollution, non-ionising radiation), chemical and biological agents;
  • risks associated with nanoparticles;
  • risks associated with mineral fibres;
  • risks associated with exposure to pesticides;
  • risks associated with environmental carcinogens;
  • risks associated with exposure to waste;
  • risks associated with air quality;
  • risks associated with climate change;
  • approach to health risks from the point of view of the human and social sciences.

It is funded from sums provided to ANSES by the Ministries of the Environment and Labour, and also from other partners: the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), the multi-agency thematic institute for cancer (ITMO Cancer) as part of the national Cancer Plan, and the Ministry of Agriculture under the French Ecophyto Plan (in cooperation with ONEMA, the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments).


The second call for projects is devoted to the theme "Radiofrequencies and health", which is receiving special attention because of the call for knowledge on this subject and the need to broaden the number of scientists studying it. Financed from the proceeds of a tax on radiofrequency transmitters, its aim is to develop research actions to support expert appraisal. The text in this call for projects focuses on four themes:

  • research on mechanisms of action of radiofrequencies at the cellular level;
  • research on the physiological or health effects of radiofrequencies;
  • electromagnetic hypersensitivity;
  • characterisation of exposure. 


This year, a third call for projects has been addedon the theme of "Antimicrobial resistance and the environment". Itfocuses on the assessment and analysis of the risks to human health and ecosystems associated with the emergence or spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria via the environment. The themes addressed are:

  • characterisation of the exposure of humans, animals and ecosystems to residues of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria present in the environment;
  • the environmental factors contributing to human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria;
  • the impact of antibiotic resistance on environments. Analysis of the health and environmental risks posed by the environment in terms of antibiotic resistance;
  • measures to prevent phenomena involving the environment in the occurrence or spread of antimicrobial resistance.

This new call for projects is being funded by sums entrusted to ANSES by the Ministry of the Environment.


The National Research Program on Environmental and Occupational Health aims to encourage scientific communities to produce data of use in the different phases of the analysis of risks to health and ecosystems, thereby bringing research and scientific expert appraisal closer together.

These calls for projects in particular develop the research priorities for the national environmental health, occupational health, cancer and Ecophyto plans, and by doing so, provide support for public policy-making. They aim to address research questions posed by the ministries and State agencies affected by these topics.

As part of its efforts to promote this work, every year ANSES organises Scientific Conference cycles to enable the research teams to present the work funded under the PNR EST. The next Scientific Conferences event, open to stakeholders from the voluntary and professional sectors, scientists, public institutions, etc., will take place on 14 November 2016 and will mark the tenth anniversary of the PNR EST.