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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

To protect the integrity and security of U.S. elections, all local, state, and federal elections should be conducted using human-readable paper ballots by the 2020 presidential election, says a new National Academies report.


Despite significant cuts to NASA's Planetary Science Division budget early in this decade, the agency has made impressive progress in meeting goals outlined in the 2013-2022 planetary decadal survey by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, says a midterm assessment from the National Academies.

Artist's concept of 51 Pegasi b, a giant planet about half the size of Jupiter that orbits its star approximately every four days. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA should lead a large strategic direct imaging mission to study Earth-like exoplanets orbiting stars, says new National Academies report.


U.S. Department of Transportation should revisit federal safety regulations for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution systems, says new National Academies report.

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

 Experts warn against voting online, call for paper ballots instead - The Verge, Sept. 7, 2018

 6 Ways to Fight Election Hacking and Voter Fraud, According to an Expert Panel - New York Times, Sept. 6, 2018

 Exoplanet report recommends development of large space telescope - Space News, Sept. 5, 2018

 New Report Urges NASA to Intensify Search for Exoplanets and Aliens - Gizmodo, Sept. 5, 2018

 To Find Alien Life, NASA Needs Bigger, Bolder Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes -, Sept. 5, 2018

 United States woefully unprepared for nuclear strike, say scientists - Nature, Aug. 28, 2018

 How the opioid crackdown is backfiring - Politico, Aug, 28, 2018

 NASA Planetary Science Program Remains on Track, Report Finds -, Aug. 20, 2018

 A freshwater, saltwater tug-of-war is eating away at the Everglades - Science News, Aug. 20, 2018

 Preparing Graduate Students for STEM Careers Outside Academia - Eos Earth & Space Science News, Aug. 20, 2018

 Policy expert: The next Flint could be anywhere in the US - The Hill, Aug. 15, 2018

 Caregiver crunch: Baby boomers juggle raising children while helping aging parents - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Aug. 3, 2018

 Technology helped America's economy way more than we thought - CNN, Aug. 3, 2018

 National Academy of Medicine convenes opioid crisis coalition - Modern Healthcare, July 31, 2018