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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 new National Academies report identifies the most promising scientific breakthroughs that are possible to achieve in the next decade to increase the U.S. food and agriculture system's sustainability, competitiveness, and resilience.


Permanent supportive housing holds potential for improving health of people experiencing homelessness, but further research on effectiveness is needed, including studies on “housing sensitive” health conditions, says a new Academies report.

While significant progress has been made in providing open access to scientific research, a range of challenges must be overcome to further advance the openness of science, says a new Academies report.


When conducting research involving the testing of human biospecimens, investigators and their institutions should routinely consider whether and how to return individual research results to participants through an informed decision-making process, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

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

 National Academies Push Open Science - Inside Higher Ed, July 18, 2018

 If you give your DNA and tissues to science, should you get a peek at what they might contain? - Science, July 10, 2018

 Private-sector space activities require government regulation, says US report - Physics World, July 5, 2018

 NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says - The Verge, July 5, 2018

 Time's up for sexual harassment in medicine - The Lancet (Editorial), June 30, 2018

  U.S. coal industry needs 'fundamental shift' to fight black lung: report - Reuters, June 28, 2018

  What's the Gulf Coast's future in confronting rapid environmental changes? - The Times-Picayune, June 27, 2018

 Oklahoma voters just approved one of the most progressive medical marijuana bills in the country - The Washington Post, June 27, 2018

 Trump Highlights Immigrant Crime to Defend His Border Policy. Statistics Don’t Back Him Up. - The New York Times, June 22, 2018

  Separating Families May Cause Lifelong Health Damage - Scientific American, June 20, 2018

 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