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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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A new Academies report offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities work toward sustainability.


A new Academies report calls for a transformation in population health efforts to eliminate correctable and avoidable vision impairments by 2030.


A new Academies report provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. immigration trends over the past 20 years, immigration's impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels.

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A new Academies report recommends a conceptual framework model to assess the potential cumulative effects of human activities on marine mammals

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 2

Fall/Winter 2015

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

Report to Congress 2015  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2015.

About Us

National Research CouncilOur mission 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 of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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.

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Recent Coverage

 NSF, U.K. jointly support research into fate of massive Antarctic glacier - National Science Foundation, Oct. 20, 2016

 We need to learn a lot more about what’s stressing whales, study emphasizes - Science, Oct. 11, 2016

 The Problem With Only Letting In the 'Good' Immigrants - The Atlantic, Oct. 11, 2016

 Gender bias found in Earth-science society journals - Nature, Sept. 29, 2016

 Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds - New York Times, Sept. 21, 2016

 Immigration Doesn’t Hurt Native Jobs or Wages in the U.S., Report Finds - Time, Sept. 21, 2016

 Study: Immigrants don't take jobs from native-born Americans ABC7, Sept. 21, 2016

 U.N. Signals That Climate Deal Has Backing Needed to Enter Force - New York Times, Sept. 20, 2016

 New Report Finds Lack Of Support For Family Caregivers - Forbes, Sept. 13, 2016

 Reactor shutdown threatens world’s medical-isotope supply - Nature, Sept. 12, 2016

 This new gene technology could wipe out entire species — to save others - Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2016

 At NIH, one woman says gender bias has blocked promotions - Washington Post, Aug. 28, 2016

 NASA urged to rejoin the hunt for gravitational waves - New Scientist, Aug. 16, 2016

 Astronomy’s next big space telescope could threaten the field, panel warns - Science, Aug. 15, 2016