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; step-families; dual-career
families; families with female head of household; work-life reconciliation;
child-free 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; 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
of children with special needs; student, schools, and
family engagement; parenting within the context of forced migration and
resettlement; impact of 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 well-being 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).