The NSP is an optional research program for select students. All masters students at NDU must write an Individual Student Research Paper (ISRP). Your college sets the requirements, credit, and timeline for this paper. They also assign you a faculty research advisor.
The NSP provides students with an alternative means of filling this requirement that includes: a) real-world topics from a variety of stakeholders, b) additional research support, including the possibility of research travel, c) the chance to brief successful projects to sponsoring stakeholders, and d) publication guidance and support. To qualify for these benefits, student research papers must achieve a higher level of scholarship and meet a more aggressive research schedule than the standard ISRP.
The papers require more work and a high level of commitment, but give NDU students the chance to showcase their work to organizations and individuals who care about the topic.