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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
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NASA's large strategic missions are essential to maintaining U.S. leadership in space exploration and should continue to be a primary component of a balanced space science program, says a new Academies report.

Policies Governing Dual-Use Research

A new National Academies report examines policies and practices governing dual-use research in the life sciences – research that could potentially be misused to cause harm.

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A new Academies report proposes a framework to identify and prioritize potential areas of concern associated with the field of synthetic biology

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The process for developing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans cannot effectively adapt to changes such as food diversity and chronic disease prevalence, while also ensuring the integrity of the process, says a new Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2015 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 1

Spring 2017

In Focus, a magazine featuring the activities and work of the Academies.

Report to Congress 2015  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2015.

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

 Terrorists, rogue nations could easily access dangerous biological research - International Business Times, Sept. 17, 2017

 Pall hangs over U.S.-Iran science ties - Science, Sept. 11, 2017

 The war on coal communities: strip mining - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 10, 2017

 In a changing Arctic, a lone Coast Guard icebreaker maneuvers through ice and geopolitics - Washington Post, Sept. 4, 2017

 Is Hurricane Harvey Related to Climate Change? Scientists Have a Better Answer - Time, Aug. 25, 2017

 Should NASA keep flying flagship missions? A new report weighs in - Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24, 2017

 Interior Department halts study on coal mining health risks - MSNBC, Aug. 22, 2017

 Despite policy's weaknesses, NSF to reiterate stance on teaching good research habits - Science Magazine, Aug. 17, 2017

 US biomedical research facilities still unprepared for natural disasters and attacks - Nature, Aug. 10, 2017

 Americans are becoming more open to human genome editing, survey finds, but concerns remain - Science Magazine, Aug. 10, 2017

 New York Times issues correction on climate change draft report that Trump administration “suppressed” - Salon, Aug. 10, 2017

  Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene - NPR, Aug. 2, 2017

 Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos - Nature, Aug. 2, 2017