Running European projects to advance knowledge

The work carried out by ANSES aims to develop knowledge and methodologies, discuss common work themes with partners and establish a network of organisations and experts, who can also contribute to the Agency’s various risk assessment activities. 

ANSES coordinates large-scale European programmes

One Health EJP

Co-funded by the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014–2020, Horizon 2020, the One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) aims to generate new knowledge on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging risks. It contributes to strengthening collaboration among its 44 partners from 22 European countries in order to generate scientific data to support health risk analysis, assessment and management by national and European agencies and authorities. To this end, two internal calls for projects were issued in 2016 and 2019, resulting in the funding of 29 projects. A final internal call for projects  was organised in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on the detection and characterisation of Sars-CoV-2, which led to the implementation of the 30th and final project.


The goal of the European partnership for the assessment of risks from chemicals (PARC), co-funded by the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021–2027, “Horizon Europe”, is to design an assessment of the risks caused by new-generation chemicals to better protect health and the environment. PARC is coordinated by ANSES and has garnered unprecedented support, bringing together some 200 French and European players. PARC encompasses all aspects of chemical risk assessment, including improving the anticipation of emerging risks, better addressing combined risks, and supporting the effective implementation of new European public policy guidelines for the protection of health and the environment in response to major health and environmental challenges and in line with citizens’ expectations.

The main European projects in which ANSES is involved

Research projects receiving European funding and/or carried out with European partners promote ANSES’s expertise and enable ANSES scientists to maintain their skills and expertise at the highest level. This involvement therefore contributes to enhancing support for risk assessment and the reference activities of laboratories.

ANSES teams participate in many European projects, mainly funded by the EU’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020, and since 2021, Horizon Europe), as well as by other funding sources such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), ERA-NETs, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) or bilateral calls from the French National Research Agency (ANR). The tables below list the most recent projects.

PARCPartnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals 2022 - 2029
BROILERNETPractice and Science Broiler Production Innovation Network2022 - 2026
HOLiFOODHolistic approach for tackling food systems risks in a changing global environment 2022 - 2026
SPIDVACImproved control of priority animal diseases: Novel vaccines and companion diagnostic tests for African horse sickness, peste des petits ruminants and foot-and-mouth disease2022 - 2026
ISIDOReIntegrated Services for Infectious Diseases Outbreak Research2022 - 2025
SAFFISAFe Foods for Infants in China and the EU2020 - 2024
ATHLETEAdvancing Tools for Human Early Lifecourse Exposome Research and Translation2020 - 2024
MOODMOnitoring Outbreak events for Disease surveillance in a data science context2020 - 2023
EVA-GLOBALEuropean virus archive goes Global2020 - 2023
NETPOULSAFENetworking European poultry actors for enhancing the compliance of biosecurity measures for a sustainable production2020 - 2023
GOLIATHBeating Goliath: Generation Of NoveL, Integrated and Internationally Harmonised Approaches for Testing Metabolism Disrupting Compounds2019 - 2023
OBERONAn integrative strategy of testing systems for identification of EDs related to metabolic disorders2019 - 2023
RiskGONERisk Governance of Nanotechnology2019 - 2023
HERAIntegrating Environment and Health Research: a Vision for the EU2019 - 2022
One Health EJPPromoting One Health in Europe through joint actions on foodborne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging microbiological hazards 2018 - 2023
PoshBeePan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation Of Stressors on the Health of BEEs2018 - 2023
VIVALDIVeterinary Validation of Point-of-Care Detection Instrument2018 - 2022
EuroBioToxEuropean programme for the establishment of validated procedures for the detection and identification of biological toxins2017 - 2023
HBM4EUEuropean Human Biomonitoring Initiative2017 - 2022
VALITESTValidation of diagnostic tests to support plant health2018 - 2021
VetBioNetVeterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation2017 - 2022
PALE-BluUnderstanding pathogen, livestock, environment interactions involving bluetongue virus2017 - 2021
MET-PESTMulti-approach determination of metal based pesticides in food2017 - 2019
PRO-METROFOODProgressing towards the construction of METROFOOD-RIjanv. - déc. 2017
ZIKAllianceA global alliance for Zika virus control and prevention2016 - 2019
EuroMixEuroMix2015 - 2019
POnTEPest Organisms Threatening Europe2015 - 2019
SUSFANSMetrics, Models and Foresight for European Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security2015 - 2019
COMPARECOllaborative Management Platform for detection and Analyses of (Re-)emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe2014 - 2019

Blue-MedA novel integrated approach to monitor and control Bluetongue spread in the Mediterranean Basin2018 - 2022PRIMA
Eurocigua2An integrated approach to characterise the human health risks of ciguatoxins in fish in Europe2022 - 2025EFSA
 Cooperation with EFSA in the area of Cumulative Risk Assessment (CRA) from dietary exposure to pesticides 2022 - 2026EFSA
 Creation of Open Access EU Food Composition Database (EU FCDB) and European Environmental Footprint of Food Database (EFF database)2022 - 2025EFSA
 Data collection, update and further development of biologically-based models for humans and animal species to support transparency in food and feed safety (TK TD 2)2020-2023EFSA
ASFVIntDecoding a virus Achilles heel: the African swine fever virus interactome2021 - 2024ERA-NET: ICRAD
FOREWARNDevelopment of a smart forewarning system to assess the occurrence, fate and behaviour of contaminants and pathogens in waters2021 - 2024JPIs OCEAN, WATER, AMR
 Entrusting new preparatory tasks falling within the mission of the EFSA Pesticides Peer Review and Pesticides Residues and Application Desk units (Framework partnership agreement and its specific requests)2021-2025EFSA
 "Entrusting support tasks in the area of Plant health (Framework partnership agreement and its specific requests)
Lot 1 - Horizon scanning by media and literature monitoring for the early identification of new or emerging plant pest risks
Lot 2 - Plant pest surveillance"
FMDV_PersIstOmicsFrom proteogenomic host response signatures of persistent foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) infection to diagnostic markers and therapeutic intervention2021 - 2024ERA-NET: ICRAD
 Identifying in vitro toxicity testing approaches for novel proteins in the context of food and feed risk assessment 2022 - 2024EFSA
LAGMEDImprovement of preventing actions to emerging LAGoviruses in the MEDiterranean basin: evelopement and optimization of methodologies for pathogen detection and control2018 - 2022PRIMA
ArtiSaneFoodInnovative Bio-interventions and Risk Modelling Approaches for Ensuring Microbial Safety and Quality of Mediterranean Artisanal Fermented Foods2019 - 2023PRIMA
NAMS4NANOIntegration of New Approach Methodologies results in chemical risk 2022 - 2026EFSA
ENVIREInterventions to control the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance from chickens through the environment2022 - 2025JPI AMR
ICONICIonophore coccidiostats: risk of CO-selectioN of antImicrobial resistance - Clinical impact and intervention strategies2022 - 2025JPI AMR
Best-ReMaPJoint Action on Implementation of Validated Best Practices in Nutrition2020 - 20233rd EU Health Programme
 Joint Action on quality of medicines and implementation of the pharmaceutical legislation/strategy2022 - 2025EU4Health
JATC 2Joint Action on Strengthening cooperation between interested Member States and the ommission in the area of tobacco control2021 - 20243rd EU Health Programme
MUSECoVMulti-scale Eco-evolution of Coronaviruses: from surveillance toward emergence prediction2021 - 2024ERA-NET: ICRAD
NEOVACCNovel strategies to enhance vaccine immunity in neonatal livestock2021 - 2024ERA-NET: ICRAD
SulTAnOptimized dosing regimens for the combinations of sulfonamides and trimethoprim in veterinary medicine2023 - 2026JPI AMR
 Pathogens in Food Database2022 - 2026EFSA
PERIMARPEsticide RIsk AssessMent for Amphibians and Reptiles2019 - 2023COST
PREPMedVetPréparation et intervention d'urgence lors d'émergences de pathogènes d’intérêt médical et/ou vétérinaire – PREPMedVet2019 - 2023ANR: French-German call
AGRITOXPrevention and mitigation of the mycotoxin contamination of food and feed caused by climate change2019 - 2022Interreg Atlantic area
ECHINO-SAFE-MEDProject: New sustainable tools and innovative actions to control cystic ECHINOcoccosis in sheep farms in the MEDiterranean area: improvement of diagnosis and SAFEty in response to climatic changes2021 - 2024PRIMA
 Provision of support to EFSA and to ECDC in the production of the EU One Health Zoonoses report and in related zoonoses online interactive data visualisation dashboards and zoonoses story maps 2021 - 2025EFSA
 Reduce Risk Assessment Uncertainty: Suitability of Mediterranean Citrus Production Areas for Phyllosticta Citricarpa2019 - 2022EFSA
InnoTubRéseau transpyrénéen de recherche et développement d'outils innovants pour le contrôle de la tuberculose animale2019 - 2022Interreg POCTEFA
COST RIBMINSRisk-based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance2019 - 2023COST
 Selection of hosting sites and fellows for EFSA’s European Food Risk Assessment Fellowship (EU-FORA) Programme: Pesticides Risk Assessment: Consumer Safety2022 - 2023EFSA
VET-FRAMFrench Veterinary Antimicrobial Drugs Sales and Use Monitoring2022 - 2028Single Market Programme
TENTACLESTEmperature-responsive Nanogels for TArgeted delivery of miCroRNAs in wound heaLing and tissue rEgeneration applicationS2020 - 2022ERA-NET: Euronanomed 3
 Thematic Grant: Preparedness for future challenges in specific areas of EFSA's work - Lot 1: Gastro-intestinal tract microbiomes (human and domestic animal)2021 - 2023EFSA
 TKplate 2.0: An Open source platform integrating physiologically-based kinetic and physiologically-based kinetic-dynamic models and machine learning models for risk assessment of single and multiple chemicals and biological stressors in animal species2022 - 2025EFSA
PIGIEUnderstanding the dynamics and evolution of swine influenza viruses in Europe: relevance for improved intervention and sustainable pig production2021 - 2024ERA-NET: ICRAD
United4SurveillanceUnion and National Capacity Building 4 IntegraTED Surveillance2022 - 2025EU4Health
ENETWILDWildlife: collecting and sharing data on wildlife populations, transmitting animal disease agents2016 - 2022EFSA

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Assessment of ANSES’s participation in “Horizon 2020”

Following the announcement of the results of the most recent calls for projects under the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014–2020, known as “Horizon 2020”, ANSES decided to evaluate the participation of its teams in projects funded under this programme.

ANSES teams from the laboratories as well as from the risk and regulated product assessment departments showed great motivation by consistently submitting around 10 to 15 proposals each year. At 28% of successful proposals out of the eligible submissions, ANSES’s success rate is almost double that of France for the Horizon 2020 programme as a whole. The projects funded under Horizon 2020 are collaborative projects carried out by ANSES teams with leading research organisations in the field, such as INSERM and INRAE in France, RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands), WUR (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands) or DTU (Danish Technical University) in Europe.

Access the full report on ANSES’s participation in “Horizon 2020” (PDF) (in French).

Completed projects coordinated by ANSES

Since 2004, ANSES teams have become recognised as the “go-to” coordinators of European projects on priority topics.  ANSES staff has expertise in leading European consortiums, particularly in the context of large-scale European funding programmes such as the EU’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and the EU’s health programmes. Some of these projects have continued as active networks at European level, resulting in the implementation of several initiatives on the topics addressed.

Focus on

Valitest project: robust methods for detecting pests

VALITEST: The project entitled “Validation of diagnostic tests to support plant health” (2018–2021), funded by the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, brought together 16 European partners, including research organisations, manufacturers of diagnostic kits and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO). Its aim was to produce performance data on analytical methods to target plant pests, including commercial kits, as well as provide recommendations for enhancing the reliability of tests used for their detection and identification. The project evaluated 83 tests, which led to the harmonisation of diagnostic practices for 11 plant pests. Find out more about the project results.
  • JANPA: A European joint action to halt the rise of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
  • TDS-Exposure: A European project to harmonise the monitoring of dietary exposure to chemical contaminants.
  • NANOGENOTOX: A European project to develop a method for detecting the genotoxic potential of nanomaterials. Access all Nanogenotox project documents.
  • ERA-ENVHEALTH: A unique network for environmental health research in Europe.
  • MED-VET-NET: A network of excellence that aims to pool expertise in veterinary science, public health and food research at European level in order to strengthen the prevention and control of zoonoses, including those transmitted by food. See also the MED-VET-NET association.