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 Behavioral Issues Research, Family cohesion, Family Well being and Protection and Marriage and Divorce, Parenthood and Parenting 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;
social behavior problems; prevention programs;
adolescent and/or childhood behaviors; behavior of children at schools;
behavior of the family under blockade; family behavior and the impact of wars
and conflicts; impact of poverty and economic stress on families; family
behavior with children with disabilities; marginalized/ socially excluded
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
: family relationships, family
resilience; ageing families; extended families; intergenerational
division of household; stepfamilies; dual-career families; families with female
head of household; work-life reconciliation.
wellbeing and protection:
family formation policies; social welfare
policies; social protection policies; child care policies; work-family balance
policies; domestic violence policies; education policy and families; policies
addressing the need 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 of Qatar on families; family protection policies and
welfare of vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly, and those
living with disabilities).
patterns of marriage formation; marriage
and immigration; social and individual risk factors associated with divorce;
impact of divorce on children/adolescent and youth; divorced mother/fathers,
custody of children in divorce, family safety; delayed marriage; never-married
women; social aspects of fertility, marital relationships, sustainable happy
marriage, single-headed mothers/fathers.
parenting styles and practices; parenting
and child well-being; father’s involvement; motherhood; fatherhood; delayed
parenthood; transition to parenthood; responsible parenting; role of parents in
supporting learning; 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 of Qatar on parenting and parenthood; impact of the blockade of Qatar