In line with its mission, which is premised on integrating teaching and research, the DI is currently developing policies and tools to ensure the research needs of its faculty and students are fully met, dynamically and competitively.With its exclusive concentration on graduate studies in the social sciences, humanities, public administration and development economics, research and research-informed teaching will be the main drivers of DI evaluation. DI faculty and students will be incentivized and challenged towards developing the DI into a distinguished regional and international center of knowledge discovery and creation, in service of both human knowledge and the well-being of the people of the Arab region. To this end, a number of research support and enabling modalities are being considered as potential pillars of DI's strategy. These include:Competitive opportunities for obtaining internal research project grants as well as support for seeking external funding of projects, by individuals or teams of faculty. Moderate teaching loads with a high staff to student ratios.Annual allocations of funds to faculty members to cover regular attendance of conferences as well as small research needs such as publications costs, part-time assistance, etc. Opportunities for presentation of papers at conferences and for short research visits. Allocations for hosting of conferences and visiting professors and researchers. Excellent ICT facilities and universal internet connectivity.Excellent traditional and electronic library resources with opportunities for on-demand new acquisitions. Further, the DI will benefit from the experience and role of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) in monitoring, analyzing and forecasting current regional events from a pro-active scholarly approach. The present research activities of the ACRPS, including its publications, annual conferences, programs and projects, will provide tremendous assets to the DI's faculty and students. The development of a protocol to govern and regulate the relationship between the DI and the ACRPS is currently underway.