The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) and the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) have launched the OSRA research grant which is an annual research grant on Arab families and family policy related issues. The goal of this call is to encourage research on Family cohesion, marriage and divorce, Families at risk, Parenthood, Social policy research related to families that contributes to the development of evidence-based policies and programs to promote the well-being of families.
The grant awards each proposal team up to US $50, 000 for a maximum period of one year. Grants will be made to the most innovative ideas received and selected through a competitive peer review process– and will be divided among the investigators/institutions comprising collaborative teams.
Responsiveness to Challenges
The OSRA research grant will focus on the following four specific research priority areas;
- Family cohesion, marriage and divorce: family relationships, family resilience; ageing
families; extended families; intergenerational solidarity, division of
household; stepfamilies; dual-career families; families with female head of
household; work-life reconciliation; childfree families; patterns of marriage
formation; marriage and immigration; social and individual risk factors
associated with divorce; the impact of divorce on children; family safety;
delayed marriage; never-married women; social aspects of fertility.
- Families at risk: the
impact of the blockade on families, family cohesion under the blockade;
the impact of wars and conflicts on families; impact of poverty and economic
stress on families; families with children with disabilities; marginalized/ socially
excluded families; domestic violence; internally displaced families;
parent-child relationship in Arab refugee families and to endeavor to
understand the dynamics of the parent/child relationship; issues faced by youth
and children within Arab refugee populations; existing policy programs and
their ability to meet the distinct needs of Arab refugee families;
transformation of the family structure among Arab refugee families.
- Parenthood: parenting
styles and practices; parenting and child well-being; father’s involvement;
motherhood; fatherhood; delayed parenthood; transition to parenthood;
responsible parenting; the role of parents in supporting learning; the
educational implications of parenting on education and learning; parents and
special needs; student, schools, and family engagement; parenting within the
context of forced migration and resettlement; impact the blockade on parenting
and parenthood; impact of the blockade on education.
- Social policy research related to families: family formation policies, social welfare policies; social
protection policies, child care policies, assessment of family support policies
and programs; work-family balance policies; child protection policies; domestic
violence policies; housing policies; education policy and families; policies
addressing the needs and wellbeing of Arab refugee youth and children; best
practices that can inform the development of evidence-based policies that
contribute to the well-being of Arab refugee families; social policies for alleviating
impact of the blockade on families in Qatar; family protection policies and
welfare of vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly, and those
living with disabilities).