About ACRI

Our Mission 

At the Arkansas Children's Research Institute (ACRI), we champion children by making them healthier today and better tomorrow.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a leader in cutting-edge research that improves the health and well-being of children and their families.

In support of our vision, we aim to

  • Recruit and retain highly qualified scientists;
  • Provide an exceptional environment for research;
  • Seek and obtain appropriate funding for research;
  • Manage and leverage resources to succeed in our mission;
  • Support transfer of discoveries to industry to create jobs in Arkansas;
  • Form productive collaborations with other institutions, especially those in Arkansas;
  • Promote a strong research capability to support recruitment of the best possible physicians for the campus; and
  • Serve as a key learning laboratory for various trainees to learn the disciplines and methodologies of research.


ACRI is a not-for-profit corporation owned by Arkansas Children's, Inc.  The Arkansas Children's Hospital Board of Trustees established ACRI in 1989, and ACRI officially opened in May of 1992. The Research Institute Building is located one block south of the main hospital building. ACRI's total research grant base in 1997 was $7.5 million. Today its researchers bring in over $21 million yearly in grants and contracts from federal and private agencies and industry and from philanthropic donations and professional organizations.