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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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To improve eruption forecasting and warnings to save lives, a new Academies report identifies research priorities for better monitoring of volcanic eruptions and three grand challenges facing the volcano science community.

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Assistive products and technologies hold promise for mitigating the effects of impairments and enabling people with disabilities to work, but in some cases environmental and personal factors create additional barriers to employment, says a new National Academies report.

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Policymakers, employers, and educational institutions should take steps to strengthen the nation's skilled technical workforce, says a new Academies report.

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A new National Academies report identifies global health priorities and makes 14 recommendations to address current and emerging health challenges, while maintaining U.S. status as a world leader in global health.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 1

Spring 2017

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 2015.

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

 Closing the Skills Gap for Technical Jobs - Inside Higher Ed, May 18, 2017

 Why US nuclear sites are a ticking time bomb - Nature, May 17, 2017

 Nonprofit to use grant for disaster prep in age of sea rise - Associated Press, May 16, 2017

 Global health spending good for U.S. security and economy, National Academies say - Science, May 15, 2017

 Louisiana coastal communities receive part of $3.2 million in grants - Times-Picayune, May 12, 2017

 What broke the Safe Drinking Water Act? - Politico, May 10, 2017

 The Real Uncertainties of Climate Science - New Republic, May 5, 2017

 Can Hacking the Planet Stop Runaway Climate Change? - NBC, April 28, 2017

 How many fish are really in the ocean? Some congressmen think federal fisheries can do a better job of finding out - Virginian-Pilot, April 25, 2017

 A Good Deal For Eliminating Hepatitis C: Saving Money And Lives - Health Affairs, April 24, 2017

 Scientists Don’t View Reproducibility as ‘Risky Business’ - Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2017

 Fake-drug crackdown, tackling misconduct and Europa’s plumes - Nature, April 19, 2017

 Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research - NPR, April 11, 2017