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New Osra grant for Arab researchers
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New Osra grant for Arab researchers

The Doha Institute of Family Institute (DIFI) has launched the Osra Research Grant, a joint research funding initiative with the Qatar National Research Fund, for research on the Arab family. 
Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of  DIFI’s first annual conference on Family Research and Policy, Noor al-Malki al-Jehani, executive director, DIFI, said that the research grant of $50,000 for one year, aims to support innovative and high quality research on the Arab family.  
“The Osra grant aims to provide policy-makers in the region with evidence-based research and analysis that supports the design and implementation of new or more effective family- related policies and programmes. The grant is open for researchers from 22 Arab countries. The teams can include members from any of these countries as there is great flexibility in the norms for allotting the grant,” she said.
“Osra research is focused on four topics namely marriage; parenting; family work balance and family law and practice in the Arab world. The research can be conducted in any of the 22 Arab countries. The outcomes of the researches will be showcased during the next conferences.”
Al- Jehani also remarked that besides promoting and supporting research, DIFI is in the process of establishing its in-house research programme and three members of DIFI team are presenting their papers in the conference.
She highlighted that research on the Arab family is underdeveloped in this region and most of the literature on families is found in the pieces of research on other issues, such as gender, labour and migration. 
“ Therefore, DIFI has reached out to Dr Saud Joseph, a  research professor of anthropology, women and gender study at the University of California, Davis and the founder of the Arab Families Working Group to carry out a systematic review of the literature on the Arab family and produce an edited book on the subject. 26 scholars are cooperating on this three-year project, which includes thematic reviews as well as country-by-country review,” she added. 
The official felt that there was a great response from researchers for the abstract submission in the conference. “The call for papers for the conference resulted in a remarkable response, yielding more than 400 abstract submissions from all around the world. The papers that are presented at the conference have undergone a very rigorous screening and peer reviewing process. Out of these, 8 papers have been selected for a second round of reviewing by independent peer reviewers of which 3 were selected to receive the best paper award under each of the conference themes,” she said.
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