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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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A new Academies report finds significant improvements have been achieved by the federal program to collect data on recreational fishing, but some challenges remain.

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The burdens of poor health and the benefits of good health and well-being are inequitably distributed in the U.S. due to factors such as poverty, inadequate housing, and discrimination, says a new Academies report.


A new Academies report recommends a new framework to estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide for use in regulatory impact analyses

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A new National Academies report examines the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries.

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.

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

About Us

National Research CouncilOur mission 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 of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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.

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Recent Coverage

 The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects - Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2017

 Experts have only a hazy idea of marijuana’s myriad health effects, and federal laws are to blame - Los Angeles Times, Jan. 12, 2017

 Massive marijuana research report details knowledge base with eye on future - Denver Post, Jan. 12, 2017

 Landmark study: marijuana is effective medicine, but has drawbacks - San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 12, 2017

 What medical marijuana can and can’t do for your health - PBS News Hour, Jan. 12, 2017

 NAM Report Targets Health Inequity - MedPage Today, Jan. 12, 2017

 White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming - New York Times, Jan. 10, 2017

 The new face of US science - Nature, Jan. 3, 2017

 New Method Could Aid Search for Life on Alien Worlds -, Dec. 27, 2016

 With freight rail industry, competition is good - The Clarion-Ledger, Dec. 23, 2016

 President Obama signs defense bill that could spur new space-based arms race - Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2016

 National Academy to Tackle Burnout in Medicine - U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 15

 Life Is Short… and It’s Getting Shorter - Wall Street Daily, Dec. 13, 2016

 Scientists want to give the atmosphere an antacid to relieve climate change - Bloomberg, Dec. 12, 2016

 Japan Testing "Space Tether" to Knock Junk Out of Orbit -, Dec. 12, 2016