Objectives:

The purpose for the establishment of Islamic Parliament Research Center (IPRC) as specified in the relevant Act includes:
• Preparing necessary grounds for an in-depth expert examination of enactments,
• Extending academic and research supports conducive to the duties and responsibilities of the Islamic Parliament of Iran,
• Applying efficiently research inputs in the legislative process.

Duties and responsibilities:

Major duties and responsibilities:
1. To conduct studies, researches and offer expert opinions to the parliament members and Standing Committees in respect of all the bills and motions on a timely manner,
2. To collect and scrutinize the opinions offered by academic researchers, research centers, executive bodies, academic and specialized associations, political parties and people at large on current demands of the society in terms of legislation,
3. To study and scrutinize smooth application of the laws and offer expert opinions on how to cope with barriers and problems,
4. To provide information needed by Standing Committees and Parliament Members and to set up an information system,
5. To conduct case studies needed by the Presiding Board, Standing Committees and MPs,
6. To deal with the missions assigned in relation to the Parliament Libraries,
7. To convene academic, educational and research seminars to upgrade academic and research knowledge,
8. To create active and constructive contacts with other academic and research institutions inside and outside as required under the applicable rules,
9. To release research products through: Publication of books and related bulletins, holding regular meetings.

Organization (The Organs):

• Board of Trustees:


Board of Trustees of IPRC is composed of the Majlis Speaker as the Chief of the Board, members of the Presiding Board and Head of the Center. Board of Trustees shall, inter alia, be responsible for:
- Approval of the general policy of the Center as proposed by its Head,
- Proposing the annual budget, organizational structure of the Center, Recruitment and Financial Rules to the Committee on Administration and Employment and Parliament Audit Committee for approval,
- Monitoring functions of the Center and its performance,
- Introducing the policies related to research and study priorities,
- Deciding on the research priorities and exigencies demanded by the Parliament and its members,
- Taking decision on the appointment or dismissal of the Head of the Center.
⃰⃰⃰ It's noteworthy that Board of Trustees shall regularly convene at least every three months.

• Head of the Center:

Head of the Center is appointed by the Board of Trustees for 4 years from among the qualified persons with high academic degrees (PhD) and a minimum 10 years of research and academic experiences. Reappointment of the Head is permissible.
Major functions of the Head of the Center include: To put into force the decisions of the Board of Trustees, To introduce policies and propose the annual budget of the Center to the Board of Trustees, To sign contracts concluded by the Center and oversee the administrative and research affairs of the Center at the highest level, To hand over the annual reports of the activities of the Center to the Board of Trustees.
⃰ Note: The annual budget of the Center shall be included in the Parliament total budget upon confirmation of the Board of Trustees and the Parliament Audit, Plan and Budget Committee. For the past 21 years since its establishment, following individuals have served as the Heads of the Center:
• Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, founder of the Islamic Parliament Research Center, during the 4th and 5th legislatures (1992- 2000),
• Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami , during the 6th legislature (2000- 2004),
• Dr. Ahmad Tavakoli, during the 7th and 8th legislatures (2004 -2012),
• Dr. Kazem Jalali, during the 9th and 10th legislatures (2012-Dec. 2019),
• Dr. Mohammad Ghasemi (as Interim Head) from December 2019 to July 2020,
• Dr. Alireza Zakani, the incumbent Head of the Center since the beginning of current legislature.

• Research Council:

Research Council is composed of: Head of the Center, who also chair the Council, Chairperson/s of the Parliament Standing Committees, based on the issue under discussion invited by the Head of the Center, Five academicians selected from among the Parliament members by the Board of Trustees for four years appointed by the Parliament Speaker, Five specialist researchers, holding at least the position of Associate Professor with five-year work experiences, on the recommendation of the Head of the Center and approval of the Board of Trustees, appointed by the Parliament Speaker for 4 years.

Council’s duties, inter alia, include:
• To examine and confirm research plans and projects,
• To cooperate for drafting the annual programs of the Center,
• To oversee academic and research publications of the Center,
• To draw executive plans of the Center in order to create academic linkage with other research and educational centers inside and abroad.

IPRC Organizational Structure:

There are five Departments in the management hierarchy of the Center, each run by an individual tasked specifically to assist the Head of the Center as his/her deputy.

Secretariat for Research Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation:


This Division which directly works under the Head of the Center acts as coordinator between different Departments of the Center in order to facilitate smooth running of the affairs. Duties of this division are as follows:
1. Necessary follow-ups to ensure timely fulfillment of the projects assigned to the relevant departments,
2. Preparation of periodical reports on the activities of the concerned departments for the Head of the Center,
3. To follow up research outputs prepared in the form of reports for the Parliament plenary sittings, the clients, members of parliament and the Standing Committees,
4. Paving necessary grounds for the concerned departments in carrying out their research duties,
5. To cooperate in preparing guidelines related to the productive work process of the Center,
6. To assist for the formation of the Committee engaged in recruitment and upgrading the research faculty members of the Center in order to examine and adopt decision on the recommendations of the concerned departments demanding recruitment and upgrading the research faculty members of the Center,
8. As the Secretary to the Research Council of the Center to prepare the agenda of the meetings and conveying the opinions of the concerned departments to the Research Council,
9. Necessary preparations to mark the Research Week, to introduce Model Researcher and to plan for holding Seminars in cooperation with other organs,
10. Any other missions assigned by the Head of the Center.

*Publications Office:

Publication Office is tasked with publishing all the research reports provided by various research departments of the Center. This Office is run by the Secretariat for Research Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation.

*Library & Documentation Office :


Library of the Center Works independent from the Parliament Library and is, inter alia, responsible to make available to the experts inside and outside the Center, all the research reports and related documents and books. This Office is run by the Secretariat for Research Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation too.

A) Research Departments:

Studies and researches are mainly defined, planned and conducted as required by the four Research Departments through their related specialized offices. The Research Departments are specifically assisted by several Research Teams. Every Office working under Research Departments has a director, an assistant, researchers, and research directors for each Research Team. Directors of the Research Teams shall have PhD and appointed from among university faculty members. Offices shall define, supervise and, if necessary, direct research projects. Moreover, the Offices shall report the works in progress, achievements and final outcomes of their activities to the related Research Departments. Meanwhile, studies conducted by the specialized offices and their affiliated teams are assessed by the “Research Center Council”.

The following four Research Departments with their affiliated Offices and Research Teams examine and scrutinize within their relevant research departments any bills and motions sent to them for analytical survey and products of their expert studies are made available to the Parliament Standing Committees and Parliament Members. The four Research Departments are as follows:

I. Department of Economic and Management Researches

II. Department of Infrastructural and Production Researches

III. Department of Political and Legal Researches

IV. Department of Social and Cultural Researches


Following overall activities:

1. Economic Studies Office:


To carry out studies on economic issues such as fiscal and monetary policy, banking, insurance, business environment, domestic and international trades and economic development. Research Teams working under this Office include:
• Financial Markets
• Competition Management & Business Environment
• Commerce
• Macroeconomic & Modeling
• Int’l & Development Economics Team

2. Office of Public Finance & Administration Studies:


To conduct studies on public finance and administration, annual budget, taxation, organizational structure and government personnel. Research teams under this office are:
- Macro System Architecture
- Public Administration & Recruitment
- Public Finance
- Budgeting
- Economics for Public Affairs
- State-owned Enterprises and Public Organizations

Department of Infrastructural and Production Researches

The Specialized Offices under this department and the affiliated research teams are as follows:

1. Office of Energy, Industry and Mine Studies:

• Mine and Mineral Industries
• Industry
• Energy
• Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
• Development & Commercialization

2. Infrastructural Studies Office:


• Environment and Natural Resources
• Civil Engineering &Urban Building
• Agriculture and Rural Development
• Transportation
• Water Research

This Department deals with studies related to the activities of the ministries and other governmental bodies as follows:
Ministry of Petroleum,
Ministry of Power,
Ministry of Agriculture,
Ministry of Industries and Mines,
Ministry of Information and Communication Technology
Ministry of Road and Urban Development
Environment Organization
Atomic Energy Organization

Department of Legal and Political Researches


This Department has two Specialized Offices engaged in political and legal researches:

1. Political Studies Office


Research teams affiliated to this Office include:

• Defense and Security
• Foreign Policy & Parliamentary Studies
• Domestic Policy
• Islamic Revolution Studies

2. Legal Studies Office


Research teams working under this Office are:
• Criminal Law & Criminology
• Public Law
• Civil Law
• International Law
• Commercial Law
• Rules of Procedure of the Parliament
• Constitutional Law & Upstream Documents Team
• Codification & Revision Laws Team

Considering the area of its activities, this Department directly deals with the research needs of the three Parliament Standing Committees as follows:

1. National Security and Foreign Policy
2. Councils and Internal Affairs
3. Legal and Judicial Affairs

Furthermore, this Department is indirectly involved with all Parliamentary Committees within legal context of its activities.

Department of Social and Cultural Researches


This Department consists of three main Specialized Offices as follows:

1. Office of Education and Culture Studies


The research teams affiliated to this Office include:

• Women, Family and Youth
• Public Culture, Art and Islamic Guidance
• Sports, Cultural Heritage and Tourism
• Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET)
• Science Production & Higher Education
• Media & Cyberspace

2. Social Studies Office


Activities of this Office are generally categorized within the Research Teams as follows:

• Futures Studies & Social-Cultural Engineering
• Healthcare
• Social Injuries
• Supports, Social Security & Veterans Affairs
• Cooperative Development & People's Participation


B) Administrative Department of Strategic Human Resources Development and Management

The Administration is tasked with supporting the activities of Research Departments and their related Offices. This Department deals with smooth running of the affairs, proper functioning of different divisions, supervising financial and administrative affairs, creating a suitable working environment, responding to the logistical needs, evaluating functional abilities of the staff and assigning them training programs, maintaining computerized systems and administrative automation and rendering internet and intranet services. It consists of four divisions entitled which each of them has affiliated teams:

1. Architectural Office & Strategic Management
2. Accounting & Finance Division
3. ICT Division
4. Office of Human Resources Support