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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

Focusing on achievement of specific long-term goals that help prepare for adulthood and coordination of care within and across service sectors are integral to encouraging healthy growth and development for children with disabilities, says a new National Academies report.


A new National Academies report says EPA's Integrated Risk Information System program has made "substantial progress" in implementing past recommendations by the Academies, improving the program's overall scientific and technical performance.

An emerging body of evidence suggests that integrating STEMM fields with the humanities and arts in higher education is associated with positive learning outcomes that may help students enter the workforce, live enriched lives, and become active and informed citizens, says a new Academies report.


A new report from the National Academies says all U.S. undergraduate students should develop a basic understanding of data science to prepare them adequately for the workforce.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 1

Spring 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

 Share of African American men going into medicine hits historic low - Nature, May 21, 2018

 Marcia McNutt to Graduates: Be ‘Beacons of Hope’ - GW Today, May 20, 2018

 Improving Support for Young Biomedical Scientists - Science, May 18, 2018

 STEM is essential for our nation's future. But it's not the only discipline that matters - USA Today, May 16, 2018

 How Colleges Can Help STEM Students Think More Broadly Chronicle of Higher Education - May 9, 2018

 Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden - National Public Radio, May 1, 2018

 Pruitt unveils controversial ‘transparency’ rule limiting what research EPA can use - Washington Post, April 24, 2018

 Proposal to Rescue Postdocs from Limbo Draws Darts - Science, April 20, 2018

 Report: Breakthrough on devastating citrus disease unlikely - Associated Press, April 10, 2018

 Feds pushing new plan for encrypted mobile device unlocks via court order - Ars Technica, March 26, 2018

 Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones - New York Times, March 24, 2018

 Tapping local scientists to save coral - Monteray Herald, March 19, 2018

 Report: Abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care - Associated Press, March 16, 2018

 Landmark Report Concludes Abortion Is Safe - NPR, March 16, 2016