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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST)

Among its other missions, ANSES coordinates and supports research. This is expressed in its work as part of the National Research Programme on Environmental and Occupational Health (PNR EST), a vital tool for acquiring the knowledge with which to support public policy-making and health risk assessment work.

In this context, two calls for research projects (APRs) are issued each year, the first on a general theme and the second devoted to the theme "radiofrequencies and health".

Its funding, amounting to 6 million euros a year, comes from sums provided to ANSES:

  • by the Ministries of Ecology and Labour,
  • as well as the proceeds of the tax on radiofrequency transmitters,
  • and funds from partner institutions, currently including:
  • ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency),
  • ITMO Cancer of Aviesan (multi-agency thematic institute for cancer) in the framework of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan,
  • the Ministry of Agriculture under the Ecophyto Plan (in cooperation with ONEMA, the French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments) and the Ecoantibio Plan.


These calls for projects, which are focused on environmental health and occupational health topics, provide support for public policy-making. In particular, they establish the research priorities for the national health and environment plan, the national occupational health plan, the cancer plan, the Ecophyto plan and the Ecoantibio plan. They are aimed at research questions posed by the ministries and State agencies affected by these topics.

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

The calls for projects focus on the assessment and analysis of environmental risks to human health, both in the general and occupational populations. Their scope is vast, extending from health risks associated with chemical or biological agents or pesticides, to the issues posed by technologies (risks associated with nanomaterials or radiofrequencies, antimicrobial resistance, etc.). They also include cross-cutting approaches, in particular through the issue of cancer. Researchers are encouraged to develop concepts, methods or tools from different disciplines. Lastly, they take into account questions relating to the health effects of radiofrequencies and aim to expand the research community involved.

Each year, the research community confirms its keen interest in the proposed topics by submitting more than 200 proposals, around 30 of which are selected.

To consult the current calls for research projects (in French only)

To consult the PDIs of the members of the Scientific Committee of the Research Programme (CPSS)