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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
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To improve eruption forecasting and warnings to save lives, a new Academies report identifies research priorities for better monitoring of volcanic eruptions and three grand challenges facing the volcano science community.

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The societal benefits of EPA's Controlled Human Inhalation Exposure Studies of air pollutants are greater than the risks posed to the participants, says a new Academies report.

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A new report from the National Academies uses key lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak to improve the speed and effectiveness of clinical trial research during the next epidemic.

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Researchers, institutions, publishers, funders, scientific societies, and federal agencies should improve their practices and policies to respond to threats to the integrity of research, says a new Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 2

Fall/Winter 2015

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

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Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2015.

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

 A Good Deal For Eliminating Hepatitis C: Saving Money And Lives - Health Affairs, April 24, 2017

 Scientists Don’t View Reproducibility as ‘Risky Business’ - Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20, 2017

 Fake-drug crackdown, tackling misconduct and Europa’s plumes - Nature, April 19, 2017

 Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research - NPR, April 11, 2017

 U.S. report calls for research integrity board - Science, April 11, 2017

 Tackling Sexual Harassment in Science: A Long Road Ahead - Earth and Space Science News, April 7, 2017

 Geophysics society hopes to define sexual harassment as scientific misconduct - Science, April 7, 2017

 National Academies seeking information on coal mine dust - Associated Press, Apr 6, 2017

 Hepatitis B and C can be wiped out in the U.S. by 2030. Here’s how - Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2017

 The Treasury Secretary is ‘not worried at all’ about robots taking jobs. Here’s why he could be wrong - Washington Post, March 24, 2017

 The National Academy Of Medicine's Vital Directions For Health: Forging a Path for our Future - Forbes, March 21, 2017

 Ethical Guidelines on Lab-Grown Embryos Beg for Revamping, Scientists Say - Scientific American, March 21, 2017