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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

A systemwide change to the culture and climate in higher education is needed to prevent and effectively respond to sexual harassment, says a new National Academies report.


Synthetic biology expands the possibilities for creating new weapons while decreasing the time required to engineer organisms, concludes a new National Academies report


Introducing drone operations into the nation's airspace can provide substantial benefits to society, says a new National Academies report.


To spur high-quality safety planning, Congress should extend evidentiary protections to cover public transit agencies, similar to those that state highway agencies and commuter railroads already receive, says a new National Academies report.

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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.

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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

 Top medical, science groups sharply denounce Trump's family separation policy - Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2018

 Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From 'Synthetic Biology' - NPR, June 19, 2018

 Synthetic biology raises risk of new bioweapons, US report warns - June 19, 2018

 Biological weapons 'easy to develop' due to rapid advances in technology, scientists warn Pentagon - The Guardian, June 19, 2018

 Want To End Sexual Harassment? Landmark Study Finds Ousting ‘Bad Men’ Isn’t Enough - Huffington Post, June 16, 2018

 How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says - New York Times, June 12, 2018

 Half of women in science experience harassment, a sweeping new report finds - Washington Post, June 12, 2018

 Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences, finds landmark US study - Nature, June 12, 2018

 Science panel says the FAA is too tough on drones - Associated Press, June 11, 2018

 FAA’s Safety Rules for Commercial Drones Are Overly Strict, Report Says - Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2018

 FAA stifling commercial drone use - San Diego Union-Tribute, June 11, 2018

 Push for Big Change in Graduate STEM Ed - Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2018

 Share of African American men going into medicine hits historic low - Nature, May 21, 2018