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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 report from the National Academies presents a strategy to eliminate hepatitis B and C as serious public health problems in the U.S. and prevent nearly 90,000 deaths by 2030.

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The societal benefits of EPA's Controlled Human Inhalation Exposure Studies of air pollutants are greater than the risks posed to the participants, says a new Academies report.

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Federal agencies involved in regulating biotechnology products should increase their scientific capabilities and expertise to prepare for greater quantity and range of products, says new Academies report.

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A new Academies report examines the evidence on undergraduate research experiences and recommends more well-designed research to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences affect different students and to examine the aspects that are most beneficial.

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

 Hepatitis B and C can be wiped out in the U.S. by 2030. Here’s how - Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2017

 The Treasury Secretary is ‘not worried at all’ about robots taking jobs. Here’s why he could be wrong - Washington Post, March 24, 2017

 The National Academy Of Medicine's Vital Directions For Health: Forging a Path for our Future - Forbes, March 21, 2017

 Ethical Guidelines on Lab-Grown Embryos Beg for Revamping, Scientists Say - Scientific American, March 21, 2017

 Gender bias distorts peer review across fields - Nature, March 21, 2017

 Is there such a thing as good eugenics? - Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2017

 Pressed Into Caregiving Sooner Than Expected - New York Times, March 10, 2017

 Study: Climate change goosed odds of freakishly hot February - Associated Press, March 8, 2017

 Schools Are Falling Short for Many English-Learners - Education Week, March 7, 2017

 A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children’s Book Illustrations - Smithsonian, March 7, 2017

 Evolving policy with science - Science, March 3, 2017

 Undergraduate research would benefit from better comparative data, says Academies panel - Science, Feb. 24, 2017

 DIY Gene Editing: Fast, Cheap—and Worrisome - Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2017

 They may not be documented. But they do pay taxes - Miami Herald, Feb. 24, 2017