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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.

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A new National Academies report says U.S. should remain in ITER and initiate a national research program of burning plasma to benefit from its investment in fusion energy.

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A new National Academies report says U.S. should remain in ITER and initiate a national research program of burning plasma to benefit from its investment in fusion energy.

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

 Biotech Could Modify Trees to Protect against Pests - Scientific American, Jan. 10, 2019

 Transgenic trees face rocky path from farm to forest - Nature, Jan. 8, 2019

 U.S. National Quantum Initiative Act Signed and Delivered – What’s Next? - HPC Wire, Jan. 2, 2018

 NASA pushes for asteroid detection satellite - Physics Today, Jan, 2, 2018

 Wake-up call from Hong Kong - Science, Dec. 14, 2018

 US science academies urge expansion of fusion-energy research - Nature, Dec. 13, 2018

 Practical quantum computers remain at least a decade away - Physics World, Dec. 12, 2018

 Organizers of gene-editing meeting blast Chinese study but call for ‘pathway’ to human trials - Science, Nov. 29, 2018

 Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies - Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2018

 Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR - NPR, Nov. 26, 2018

 VA urged to look at toxic impact Agent Orange had on children of Vietnam veterans after scientists find strong link between herbicide and hypertension and precursor to rare form of blood cancer - Daily Mail, Nov. 19, 2018

 Vietnam War veterans' kids say Agent Orange impact 'a nightmare' ABC News, Nov. 11, 2018