Equal-Life is part of the European Human Exposome Network comprised of nine projects selected from the same call. Through its Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the European Union has helped to create a European Human Exposome Network.
The initiative represents a significant EU-endorsement to the relatively young field of exposome research, involving a total of 126 research groups from 24 countries and a working budget totalling 106 million euros. The common goal of the nine large-scale research projects of the European Human Exposome Network is to understand health impacts during lifelong environmental exposures.
Among them is Equal-Life, which will be coordinated by RIVM. RIVM also participates in the ATHLETE project, which focuses on the negative effects of different chemicals to cognitive development and its underlying mechanisms.