OSRA Research Grant
The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) in collaboration with the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is pleased to launch the fourth cycle of its OSRA research grant, which aims to encourage research targeted at developing a knowledge base on Arab families.
In this cycle, application is open to all countries around the world. The proposal must include at least one Key Investigator (KI) from an Arab country (e.g. Lead Principal Investigator or Principal Investigator). Also, at least 60% of the proposed funded research effort and budget must be expended inside Arab countries.
The goal of OSRA is to encourage basic and applied research aimed at developing a knowledge base on Arab families, including comparative and policy oriented research. It aims to (1) support high quality empirical work that advances research on Arab families; (2) provide policymakers with evidence-based research and analysis that encourages the formation and/or modification of family-related policies; (3) develop research capacity on issues related to the Arab family; (4) develop research areas in support of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS).
The potential outcomes of OSRA include articles in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, and methodological instruments. A maximum of 50,000 USD may be awarded per project with a duration not to exceed one year.
OSRA4 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; families with female head of household; 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; 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 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 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 on families in Qatar; family protection policies and welfare of vulnerable groups (e.g. women, children, the elderly, and those living with disabilities).
- Applications from all countries are allowed but each proposal must include at least a Key Investigator (KI) (Lead Principal Investigator (LPI) or Principal Investigator (PI)) from an Arab country.
- The Lead Principal Investigator (LPI) must hold a research oriented doctorate or any of the approved terminal degree, as defined under the approved list of terminal degrees and have at least three peer-reviewed publications relevant to the specific research priority areas.
- In case of collaboration, each individual team within the collaborative team structure must include a Principal Investigator (PI).
- At least 60% of the proposed funded research efforts and budget must be conducted inside the Arab countries.
- Research proposals may be submitted in Arabic or English.
Always openLPI & PI online registration
January 20, 2019Online proposal submission opens
April 1, 2019Online proposal submission closes
April 8, 2019Online Research Office Vetting closes
July, 2019Successful proposals notified