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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 provides policy packages that could cut the child poverty rate by 50 percent in 10 years.

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A new National Academies report recommends changes in the way that the U.S. Department of Energy manages science and technology development in order to accelerate the cleanup of radioactive waste and contaminated soil, groundwater, and facilities at U.S. nuclear weapons sites.


A new National Academies report reviews current evidence and updates intake recommendations known as the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for sodium and potassium that were established in 2005, and introduces the first DRI specific to chronic disease risk reduction.


The U.S. Intelligence Community should make social and behavioral sciences a key priority over the coming decade, 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. 2

Fall 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

 Overhaul urged for US nuclear weapons cleanup - Chemical & Engineering News, March 7, 2019

 Salt Reference Intake Levels Updated - Medpage Today, March 5, 2019

 Advice on salt, hidden in an array of foods, gets specific - Associated Press, March 5, 2019

 One Step Closer to Reducing Quantum Computing’s Notoriously Troublesome Errors - IEEE Spectrum, March 4, 2019

 Proposals from panel led by UCI professor aim to cut nation's childhood poverty by half in a decade - Los Angeles, March 1, 2019

 State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking - Politico, March 1, 2019

 Report: Child Poverty Could Be Cut In Half Over 10 Years, At A Hefty Price - NPR, Feb. 28, 2019

 Report offers plan to cut child poverty in U.S. in half in 10 years - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 28, 2019

 We need to police gene editing. The World Health Organization agrees. - Popular Science, Feb. 25, 2019

 Capturing carbon: Can it save us? - Chemical and Engineering News, Feb. 25, 2019

 What is ‘safe enough’ for drone deliveries? - Seattle Times, Feb. 22, 2109

 Science Versus Pseudo-Science: What Really Works to Prevent Cognitive Decline? - Forbes, Feb. 23, 2019

 English language learners need equal access to STEM opportunities, report finds Education Drive, Feb. 20, 2019

 The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change - New York Times, Feb. 12, 2019

 US materials science faces resource threat, warns panel - Physics World, Feb. 11, 2019