Human beings and living beings in general are exposed during their entire lifetime to environmental stressors, i.e., chemical, physical, biological and/or psychosocial stressors, what is also described as the “exposome”. Indeed, the conceptual framework of exposome for humans or eco-exposome for animals attempts to integrate all these exposures over time to help understand and decipher the causal links between exposure and pathologies. Research suggests that the early stages of life, e.g. foetus, embryo, young organism, are the most sensitive windows of exposure, e.g. the 1000-day window for humans from conception and equivalent early stages in other species.

In this context, the aim of the RT2E 2022 call is to help the development of new research projects through a leverage effect for deciphering the effects of early-life exposure to environmental stressors on the health and physiological balance of organisms.

The present call is aligned with the topic of a congress co-organised by the SFSE (“Société Francophone de Santé et Environnement”) and the Rovaltain Foundation in November, from the 23th to 25th, 2022 – “Early exposure to environmental factors: understanding the effects on ecosystems & human health”.

This Call for Proposals issued by Rovaltain would finance projects of 2-year duration with a total max. budget of 20K euros.

The effects of environmental factors on living beings exposed during the early stages of life is still under-addressed today. In particular, this window of exposure is known as crucial for development, and it is important to raise the question of consequences on further life stages in terms of the main physiological functions, e.g., reproduction, behaviour, feeding. This call targets projects that address one or more of the following elements:

Study of the effects of exposure to environmental stressors during the first stages of life in organisms:

Study of the effects of chemical contaminants; in this case, only projects focusing on emerging contaminants will be considered.
Study of the effects of other categories of stressors: physical, e.g., exposure to radiation, extreme temperatures, electromagnetism, noise; biological, e.g., exposure to viruses; psychosocial…
Projects including potential effects of climate change would be particularly appreciated.
Projects that address the question of early exposure to contaminants in socially deprived groups, e.g. people living close to industrial poles, refineries; study of the link between social inequality and incidence of pathologies, e.g. cancer, would be particularly appreciated.
Partnerships with social science research teams to analyse regulatory and/or public engagement issues would be particularly appreciated.
N.B. The call is open to ecotoxicological, toxicological, epidemiological, ecological or social sciences research teams.


Download proposal template and send it to before June 30th in an email entitled
“RT2E2022 – Environmental factors & Early Exposure”

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