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; 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.
  • Families at risk:  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.
  • Parenthood: parenting styles and practices; parenting and child well-being; father’s involvement; motherhood; fatherhood; delayed parenthood; transition to parenthood; responsible parenting.
  • 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.


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, Wednesday January 17th, 2018
Close Proposal Submission Noon, Monday March 26th, 2018
Close RO Vetting Noon, Monday April 2nd, 2018
Ineligible Proposals Notification April, 2018
Successful Proposals Notification, Awards Announced June/July, 2018
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Research Plan Template Download
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Collaborative Institution Supporting Letter Template Download
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