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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Works to advance the frontiers of the behavioral and social sciences and their applications to public policy. Read more

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Conducts a range of activities where policy meets the life sciences, including the environment, geography, laboratory animal use, and natural resource issues. Read more

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Focuses on government missions in defense, space, and aerospace; national infrastructure challenges; science and engineering disciplines; and continuing assessments of federal labs and research programs. Read more

Institute of Medicine
Health and Medicine Division

Identifies concerns in medical research, care, and education and examines policy matters relating to health care and public health. Read more

Policy and Global Affairs Division
Policy and Global Affairs Division

Works to improve S&T public policy, understanding, and education, particularly with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, work force, and the economy. Read more

Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board

Provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange. Read more

Gulf Research Program. Photo: NOAA
Gulf Research Program

Thirty-year research program that focuses on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico region. Read more

Recent Studies

A new National Academies report identifies the most promising scientific breakthroughs that are possible to achieve in the next decade to increase the U.S. food and agriculture system's sustainability, competitiveness, and resilience.


Despite significant cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Division budget early in this decade, the agency has made impressive progress in meeting goals outlined in the 2013-2022 planetary decadal survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, says a midterm assessment from the National Academies.

While significant progress has been made in providing open access to scientific research, a range of challenges must be overcome to further advance the openness of science, says a new Academies report.


The science questions that could be answered by an electron ion collider are significant to advancing our understanding of the atomic nuclei that make up all visible matter in the universe, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 1

Spring 2018

The National Academies In Focus, a magazine featuring the activities and work of the Academies.

Report to Congress 2017  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2017.

About Us

National Research CouncilThe mission of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. Our independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world.

Seven major programs conduct studies, facilitate workshops, and undertake other activities: Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Earth and Life Studies; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Health and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program. The National Research Council's rules and regulations govern this work.

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Recent Coverage

 Policy expert: The next Flint could be anywhere in the US - The Hill, Aug. 15, 2018

 Caregiver crunch: Baby boomers juggle raising children while helping aging parents - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 2018

 Technology helped America's economy way more than we thought - CNN, Aug. 3, 2018

 National Academy of Medicine convenes opioid crisis coalition - Modern Healthcare, July 31, 2018

 Co-ordinated action required to boost ‘open-science’ initiatives - Physics World, July 24, 2018

 New report identifies five breakthroughs to advance food and agricultural sciences by 2030 - Wisconsin State Farmer, July 20, 2018

 National Academies Push Open Science - Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2018

 If you give your DNA and tissues to science, should you get a peek at what they might contain? - Science, July 10, 2018

 Private-sector space activities require government regulation, says US report - Physics World, July 5, 2018

 NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says - The Verge, July 5, 2018

 Time's up for sexual harassment in medicine - The Lancet (Editorial), June 30, 2018

  U.S. coal industry needs 'fundamental shift' to fight black lung: report - Reuters, June 28, 2018

  What's the Gulf Coast's future in confronting rapid environmental changes? - The Times-Picayune, June 27, 2018

 Oklahoma voters just approved one of the most progressive medical marijuana bills in the country - The Washington Post, June 27, 2018