Research Council

Rapid Response Research

At the heart of the NPLI’s approach to crisis meta-leadership is “rapid-response research” that puts faculty in the field with leaders in the midst of crisis response to better understand the challenges, lessons affirmed, and lessons learned. Faculty have been on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the H1N1 pandemic, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, super storm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and, most recently, the Ebola response. These valuable activities are difficult to fund through grants and other traditional mechanisms because of the uncertain timing, location, and duration of crisis events. The NPLI Research Council was formed to fill this gap.

The NPLI Research Council champions this inquiry and makes it financially feasible. The Council also links the corporate community to this evolving body of knowledge and practice. The Council provides leading companies the opportunity to contribute to the questions, analysis, and relevance of this work. With a three-year, tax-deductible commitment ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, corporate leaders and their organizations gain a front row seat to meta-leadership studies and findings that support business continuity, corporate security, and the community partnerships essential to national security and resilience. This research is critical to the NPLI’s mission and commitment to enhance the quality and quantity of leaders able to effectively meet current homeland security challenges in an ever more turbulent world.