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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 education 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 National Academies report examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of intervention.

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A new National Academies report calls for centralized system of indicators of equity in pre-K through 12th grade education in the U.S. to identify disparities in outcomes and opportunity and meet students' needs.

Examining National Cancer Control Efforts

A new National Academies report proposes a centralized national plan for cancer control, which would integrate organizations, resources, and care delivery processes to improve outcomes for patients and society.

Federal investments are imperative for continued success in highway innovation, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2018 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 2018  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2018.

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

 Telescope in space needed to spot asteroids hurtling toward Earth - The Daytona Beach News-Journal - July 10, 2019

 Happy Asteroid Day! NASA still can’t track the ones that could end civilization - Quartz, June 30, 2019

 The US opioid epidemic is driving a spike in infectious diseases - Nature, June 28, 2019

 Record-shattering heat wave scorches Europe: 'It's scary. This isn't the way it's supposed to be.' - USA Today, June 26, 2019

 Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? - Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2019

 Alarmed by new ‘CRISPR babies’ plan, top science figures say they’re powerless to stop it - STAT News, June 24, 2019

 Medical Experts Offer Lawmakers a Treatment Plan for Opioid Epidemic - Medpage Today, June 20, 2019

 National academies call for immediate action on air pollution - UN Environment, June 20, 2019

 Space-Based Infrared Telescope for Planetary Defense Gets Boost from National Academies - Space Policy Online, June 19, 2019

 Scientists are borrowing from dystopian sci-fi in a last-ditch effort to save coral reefs - Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2019

 Russian biologist plans more CRISPR-edited babies - Nature, June 10, 2019

 Remember the BP Oil Spill? These Cleanup Workers Are Still Suffering After 9 Years - Mother Jones, June 10, 2019