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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
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NASA should support research on a broader range of biosignatures and environments, and incorporate the field of astrobiology into all stages of future exploratory missions, says a new Academies report.

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A new National Academies report offers guidance to the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Economic Research Service of the USDA on effective methods for collecting data and reporting information about U.S. agricultural sector.

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A new National Academies report highlights the dynamic process of learning throughout the life span and identifies frontiers in which more research is needed to pursue an even deeper understanding of human learning.

Agencies responsible for Everglades restoration should conduct a mid-course assessment to consider future changes related to climate change and sea level rise, says a new Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 2

Fall 2018

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

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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

 NASA must revamp search for life beyond Earth, experts warn - Physics World, Oct. 12, 2018

 Here's What the Search for Life Needs Next, Scientists Say - Space.com, Oct. 10, 2018

 Advice to NASA's astrobiologists as they search for life beyond Earth - Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10, 2018

 Water Resources Challenges Expected to Increase - Earth & Space Science News, Oct. 9, 2018

 How People Learn: A Landmark Report Gets an Update - Education Week, Oct. 8, 2018

 USDA needs to update data to reflect complex farm businesses - The Fence Post, Oct. 3, 2018

 Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds - Wall Street Journal, Sept. 27, 2018

 EPA Agrees to Stop Grants for Non-U.S. Researchers - Bloomberg, Sept. 26, 2018

 Halting Sexual Harassment - Scientific American, Sept. 19, 2019

 Controversy over sexual misconduct case roils Yale University - Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2018

 Experts warn against voting online, call for paper ballots instead - The Verge, Sept. 7, 2018

 6 Ways to Fight Election Hacking and Voter Fraud, According to an Expert Panel - New York Times, Sept. 6, 2018

 Exoplanet report recommends development of large space telescope - Space News, Sept. 5, 2018

 New Report Urges NASA to Intensify Search for Exoplanets and Aliens - Gizmodo, Sept. 5, 2018