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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
MERS coronavirus, NIAID photo

A new publication summarizes proceedings of a recent Academies symposium on “gain-of-function” research, which involves altering the capabilities of pathogens with pandemic potential.

HHS should lead efforts to design, implement, and evaluate a national strategy to reduce stigma toward people with mental and substance use disorders, says a new Academies report.

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A new Academies report identifies six promising practices to improve health care for individuals with social risk factors for poor health care outcomes, such as low socio-economic positions or limited health literacy.

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It is possible to end the transmission of hepatitis B and C and prevent further sickness and deaths from the diseases in the U.S., but time, considerable resources, and attention to various barriers will be required, says a new Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 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 2014  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2014.

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

 Paris sets the stage for a clean energy revolution - Boston Globe, April 22, 2016

 Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts - HealthDay, April 11, 2015

 A New Divide in American Death - Washington Post, April 10, 2016

 Even before they start breathing, babies can be harmed by air pollution, scientists say - Washington Post, March 29, 2016

 Efforts to link climate change to severe weather gain ground - Science, March 18, 2016

 February Had the Most Above-Average Temperatures on Record - Time, March 17, 2016

 National Academy of Sciences report links extreme weather to climate change - USA Today, March 11, 2016

 Scientists Are Making Stronger Links Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather - Time, March 11, 2016

 'Ban' on most hazardous virus experiments could be lifted this week - The Guardian, March 9, 2016

 Crippled Fukushima Reactors Are Still a Danger, 5 Years after the Accident - Scientific American, March 8, 2016

 Evolving Approaches in Research and Care for Ovarian Cancers - The Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2, 2016

 New Report May Help Doctors Catch Ovarian Cancer Sooner - CBS News New York, March 2, 2016

 McNutt Breaks Barriers as Incoming Science Academy President - Earth & Space Science News, March 1, 2016

 What makes elite academics move? - Science, Feb. 25, 2016