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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

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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 offers recommendations to guide federal statistical agencies in creating a new entity to provide more relevant, timely, and detailed statistics.

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Safety concerns remain about transporting energy liquids and gases via rail, but pipeline and maritime transportation have more comprehensive safety systems in place, says new National Academies report.

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A new report by the National Academies recommends using model-based approaches that integrate multiple data sources to improve county-level crop estimates.

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The number of patients in the U.S. awaiting organ transplantation outpaces the amount of transplants performed, yet many donated organs are not transplanted due to several factors, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2016 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 1

Spring 2017

In Focus, a magazine featuring the activities and work of the Academies.

Report to Congress 2016  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2016.

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

 Report: Key changes needed to prevent fiery rail crashes - Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2017

 Experts urge railroads to improve tracks, tank cars for hazardous fuel shipments - USA Today, Oct. 11, 2017

 Daily on Energy: Fighting moves from clean power to clean water - Washington Examiner, Oct. 11, 2017

 New EPA document reveals sharply lower estimate of the cost of climate change - Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2017

 We have a cure for hepatitis C. But the neediest can’t afford it. Louisiana wants to change that - Vox, Sept. 27, 2017

 Cancer patients in Seattle encouraged by legalization to use pot - Seattle Times, Sept. 25, 2017

 Terrorists, rogue nations could easily access dangerous biological research - International Business Times, Sept. 17, 2017

 Pall hangs over U.S.-Iran science ties - Science, Sept. 11, 2017

 The war on coal communities: strip mining - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 10, 2017

 In a changing Arctic, a lone Coast Guard icebreaker maneuvers through ice and geopolitics - Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2017

 Is Hurricane Harvey Related to Climate Change? Scientists Have a Better Answer - Time, Aug. 25, 2017

 Should NASA keep flying flagship missions? A new report weighs in - Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24, 2017