Animal Forms:

For questions related to animal forms, please email

ACRI Grant Submission Forms:

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For the extramural budget template, please email our Grant Development Specialist.

PCRU Forms:

(to be filled out after usage of the PCRU)

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Industry Sponsored Project/Clinical Trials Forms:

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HIPAA Forms:

For questions related to HIPAA, please contact Amanda Holloway, CHRC , Human Research Protections Program Director by phone at 501-364-2862 or by email at

NIH Forms:

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If you need assistance with drafting and revising your research proposal, ACRI has writing and editing support for you. Contact Phaedra Yount or John Gregan when you know your plan for developing your grant application will require support for writing and editing. They will compare your schedule and theirs and contact you. Making them a part of your application development plan early will help your schedule run smoother and help you submit a clearer research plan.

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Descriptions of the facilities and grant resources are available to cut and paste into grant applications. If you would like a copy of these descriptions, please send an email to Phaedra or John and they will send those to you via email.

The Biostatistics Core at ACRI provides comprehensive assistance with study design, data analysis, and statistical results interpretation. The core is staffed by two doctoral level statisticians and two master’s level statisticians who are available to support researchers of Arkansas Children’s with statistical applications related to basic science, clinical, health outcomes, epidemiologic, and behavioral research. Our statisticians have knowledge and expertise in SAS, open-source R, and SPSS software packages. 

Key Services

  • Assist with grant proposal development
  • Determine study or experimental design
  • Calculate sample size and power
  • Identify appropriate statistical methods or models
  • Analyze data and interpret results
  • Develop surveys and questionnaires
  • Review manuscripts for statistical content
  • Assist in writing statistical content for grant proposals and publications
  • Develop tables and figures for scientific publications


The first hour of consulting is free.  Additional support will be charged on an hourly basis

Consulting for grant proposal preparation is free. Costs associated with statistical support needed during the project period should be included in the grant application budget.

  • Intramural Applications:  Proposal budgets should include a single charge for statistical support that is based on the approximate total hours of engagement.
  • Extramural Applications:  Proposal budgets should include salary support at the level of effort required to complete the work.  Effort determinations will be based on the extent and volume of work (scope of the project).  Work is defined as study design, drafting of data analysis plan, data analysis/interpretation, and reporting.

Contact Us

Please contact the Core at the conceptual stage of research to ensure quality results.

To request biostatistical support for your research, please contact Senior Biostatistician, Dr. Beverly J. Spray, PhD, by email or phone (501-364-3184).

The purpose of the Arkansas Children's Research Informatics Core (RIC) is to support investigators and researchers to gain access to state-of-the-art research tools and technologies for biomedical research.

About Us

The Research Informatics team at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute offers the services and the tools that enable investigators to conduct research activities. The Research Informatics team emphasizes biomedical informatics as an approach in facilitating research projects and in assisting investigators in the daily use of research database systems and clinical/operational support requests. The Research Informatics team maintains state-of-the-art research tools and technologies.

Our Services

Data Management

  • Manage the life cycle of research informatics projects:
    • Define research and project needs with investigators and manage the delivery of project deliverables.
    • Devise and implement policies and standard operating procedures with attention to data security and efficiency of data handling and management.
  • Manage research informatics tools such as RAiA, TriNetX, and ACT as well as assist in the development of the Research Data Capture (REDCap) and PHIS systems.


  • Retrieve data for approved research, quality improvement, and operational support projects, primarily through the electronic medical record repository as well as other resources such as RAiA, TriNetX, and the Children’s Hospital Association’s (CHA) Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), among others.
  • Define ways to organize, store, and analyze data with attention to security and confidentiality.

Support and Training

  • Support Arkansas Children’s and UAMS investigators in daily use of research database systems.
  • Develop and conduct training for Arkansas Children’s and UAMS investigators with a focus on teaching best practices to enhance data efficiency, collection, and security.
  • Provide continuing service request support of database projects, including access, security, maintenance, and enhancement.

Core Staff

Request Our Services

Use the links below to initiate a request for services. A member of the Research Informatics team will contact you shortly after the request is submitted. If you have questions or need help, you can attend the Ask RIC sessions held every Monday from 12 pm to 1 pm.

We look forward to providing you with cutting-edge informatics services.

Contact Us

To request informatics support for your research, please contact the research informatics program manager, Erin C. Hathorn, MSHI.

ACT Network

ACH is part of the Accrual for Clinical Trials (ACT) Network, a nationwide group of leading academic research institutions that share patient counts from electronic health record data. Explore and validate feasibility for clinical studies to learn more about patient populations.

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