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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 education 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 National Academies report examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of intervention.

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A new National Academies report calls for centralized system of indicators of equity in pre-K through 12th grade education in the U.S. to identify disparities in outcomes and opportunity and meet students' needs.


A new report from the National Academies offers guidance to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to conduct a hazard assessment of nonpolymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants, which are used in some consumer products.


A new National Academies report provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2018 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 2018  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2018.

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

 National academies call for immediate action on air pollution - UN Environment, June 20, 2019

 Space-Based Infrared Telescope for Planetary Defense Gets Boost from National Academies - Space Policy Online, June 19, 2019

 Scientists are borrowing from dystopian sci-fi in a last-ditch effort to save coral reefs - Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2019

 Russian biologist plans more CRISPR-edited babies - Nature, June 10, 2019

 Remember the BP Oil Spill? These Cleanup Workers Are Still Suffering After 9 Years - Mother Jones, June 10, 2019

 Cam Sholly's Agenda For Safeguarding Yellowstone - Mountain Journal, June 10, 2019

 The Race to Save Encryption - Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2019

 Scientists sound alarm on using gene-editing technique in babies - Financial Times, June 3, 2019

 Killing wolves was supposed to solve a problem but created issue with coyotes - Denver Post, June 3, 2019

 Bipartisan bill would create forum for discussing how to counter U.S. academic espionage - Science, May 30, 2019

 Fertility Clinics Sought Advice from Scientist Who CRISPRed Babies - The Scientist, May 29, 2019

 He Jiankui Research Prompts U.S. Academies, U.K. Society to Create Germline Editing Commission - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, May 22, 2019

 State Officials Shouldn’t Wait For Federal Action To Increase Opioid Addiction Treatment Access - Health Affairs, May 21, 2019