Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects

ASPIRE Children’s Environmental Health Center

The ASPIRE Center offers pilot project funding to accelerate the adoption of evidence-informed interventions that reduce harmful environmental exposures where children live, learn, and play!

Check out previous ASPIRE Center Pilot Projects!

Anyone committed to promoting children’s environmental health is invited to apply for pilot project funding during our annual request for proposals.

This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Academic researchers
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Local public health authorities or other government organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Health or health care partners
  • Private industry
  • Schools/early learning centers


The ASPIRE Center considers applications for projects that will meet at least one of the criteria below:

  • Develop new innovative methods to conduct, evaluate and translate children’s environmental health research.
  • Translate existing research into policies, programs, or practices that improve children’s environmental health.
  • Identify the needs of community stakeholders and connect community stakeholders with researchers to promote the implementation and dissemination of existing evidence-informed strategies, interventions, and education materials/messaging.

Priority areas

Priority areas for pilot project funding are subject to change depending on the ASPIRE Center’s needs.

However, previous year priority areas have included:

  • Reducing the exposure and health impacts of wildfire smoke and air pollution
  • Supporting the Oregon Choose Safe Places and/or  CEHN Eco-Healthy Child Care® programs
  • Efforts to adapt and increase resilience to hazards produced by climate change
  • Promoting or evaluating policies and practices to protect children from environmental hazards

Other project areas

Applications for other projects areas will be considered.

If you have another children’s environmental health topic that you would like to pursue, please contact Molly Kile to inquire about funding opportunities.