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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
OSIRIS-REx mosaic of asteroid Bennu; photo courtesy NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

A new National Academies report says that new investments are needed to replace and develop NASA's instrumentation and facilities for future extraterrestrial sample analyses.

Photo courtesy U.S. National Park Service

Biotechnology has the potential to be a part of the solution in protecting forest trees against destructive pest and disease outbreaks, but considerable investment in further research is needed, says a new National Academies report.


A new National Academies report offers guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to inform the next revision of a permit program that requires industries to manage stormwater to minimize discharges of pollutants to the environment.

A new Two new reports find that renewed interest in exploration of the moon has the potential to benefit lunar science greatly and could evolve into a program facilitated by partnerships between commercial companies and NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 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 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

 English language learners need equal access to STEM opportunities, report finds Education Drive, Feb. 20, 2019

 The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change - New York Times, Feb. 12, 2019

 US materials science faces resource threat, warns panel - Physics World, Feb. 11, 2019

 NASA pushes forward with commercial partnerships for moon mission - Cosmos, Feb. 11, 2019

 Societies and scientists react to open access Plan S - Chemical & Engineering News, Feb. 8, 2019

 Private Moon Landers Could Help NASA's Next Giant Leap in Lunar Exploration -, Feb. 7, 2019

 Do E-Cigarettes Do More Good Than Harm? Wall Street Journal - Feb. 6, 2019

 Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100 - CNN, Feb. 4, 2019

 Appalachia's Fight to Lessen the Impact of Substance Misuse - Scientific American, Feb. 4, 2019

 Genetically Engineered "Biotech" Trees Could Save America's Forests - Newsweek, Feb. 2, 2019

 New U.S. Experiments Aim To Create Gene-Edited Human Embryos - NPR, Feb. 1, 2019

 U.S. defenses look to thwart missiles early - Science, Jan. 25, 2019

 Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing? - Vox, Jan. 22, 2019

 Why China Is the Brave New World of Editing Human DNA - Bloomberg, Jan. 22, 2019

 FAA lays out its plan to ease restrictions on drones flying at night and over people - Geek Wire, Jan. 15, 2019

 Feds to ease rules on drone flights over crowds and at night - Associated Press, Jan. 14, 2019