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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

A new National Academies report recommends a range of steps that researchers, journals, academic institutions, and funders should take to improve reproducibility and replicability in scientific research.


A new National Academies report examines how work-related disability determinations can more holistically consider multiple sources of health information, the individual's physical and mental functional abilities, and environmental and social factors.


A new report from the National Academies offers guidance to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to conduct a hazard assessment of nonpolymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants, which are used in some consumer products.


A new National Academies report provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.

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

 Although declining, child poverty remains a problem in Missouri - News Tribune, May 19, 2019

 How to Turn Adolescence From a 'Missed Opportunity' to a Foundation for Learning - Education Week, May 18, 2019

 Grouping of flame retardants for hazard assessment endorsed by US National Academies - Chemical & Engineering News, May 16, 2019

 There are cheaper ways to treat Hanford waste, scientists say. State wants proof - Tri-City Herald, May 16, 2019

 Data sharing and how it can benefit your scientific career - Nature, May 13, 2019

 Science needs to improve the transparency of research results, says report - Physics World, May 8, 2019

 Is Science Broken? Major New Report Outlines Problems in Research - Gizmodo, May 7, 2019

 A rising trend in cancer care targets physical, existential threats patients confront - Washington Post, May 6, 2019

 Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections - PBS News Hour, May 6, 2019

 Record Number of Women Join Academy of Sciences - Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2019

 VA Needs to Improve Head Injury Disability Evaluation System, Study Finds -, April 15, 2019

 Extreme weather continues to batter USA this year: Is global warming to blame? - USA Today, April 15, 2019