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 families, marriage, parenting and parenthood, and divorce 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:

  1. Family in the Arab world. The impact of wars and conflicts on Arab families; single parent families; extended families; stepfamilies; dual-career families; childfree families; division of household labor.
  2. Marriage in the Arab world. Patterns of marriage formation (e.g., Mixed marriages and Misyyar); marriage and immigration; delayed marriage; remarriage; mate-selection; singlehood.
  3. Parenting and parenthood in the Arab world. The impact of wars and conflicts on parent-child relationship; parenting styles and practices; impact of parenting styles on children’s well-being; parents’ engagement in children’s academic life; motherhood; fatherhood; delayed parenthood; transition to parenthood.
  4. Divorce in the Arab World. Social and individual risk factors associated with divorce; social, economic, and emotional effects of divorce; the impact of divorce on children (e.g., academic performance, antisocial behavior, and psychological wellbeing).

Potential Benefits

The aims of Osra are:

  • To support high quality empirical work that advances research on Arab families
  • To provide policymakers with evidence-based research and analysis that encourages the formation and/or modification of family-related policies
  • To develop research capacity on issues related to Arab families
  • To develop research areas in support of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS)

The outcome of the proposed research may include publications in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports and/or methodological instruments.


The following dates represent the major milestones of Osra in Doha time:

Description Dates
LPI & PI - Online Registration  Always open and ongoing
Open Proposal Submission Noon, Monday December 5th, 2016
Close Proposal Submission Noon, Monday February 13th, 2017
Close RO Vetting Noon, Monday February 27th, 2017
Ineligible Proposals Notification March, 2017
Successful Proposals Notification, Awards Announced May, 2017
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