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Claire Brindis, NAM '11, feels that much more must be "done in continuing to build scientific evidence.”


2017 By the Numbers


Many thanks to our members and friends who chose to support the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with their time, ideas, and philanthropy in 2017. We know that there are many worthy causes, and we are pleased that you chose to support us. We've prepared three brief synopses of the 2017 highlights for each Academy to share with you. Read our 2017 By the Numbers impact statements for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to learn more about how your gifts helped strengthen our work as the nation's pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters. 



Cicerone Fund Quote

It's been two years since The Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund was created, and already our members and friends have helped us reach 95% of our fundraising goal. Thank you! This is truly a heartwarming way for us to remember our friend and mentor, Ralph Cicerone, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences for 11 years. Thanks to a generous matching gift provided by the Simons Foundation, your gifts and pledges to the Cicerone Fund have double the impact, but only until May 31st! All pledges will have up to 3 years to be fully paid off and will count towards the 1:1 match.


was designed to initiate new studies and programs proactively, not in reaction to government decisions or external events. It lets us lead on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science. 


In Ralph's own words, the fund is meant to help underpin the Academy's roles in validating scientific excellence; enhancing the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guiding public policy with science; and communicating the nature, values, and judgments of science to government and the public


Already, donor support is helping us to launch The Science Behind It (previously provisionally titled America Asks, Science Answers). This new public engagement project is designed to help the NAS communicate more effectively with the public by providing brief, accessible, and understandable answers to questions that curious people have on topics with science at their core. A website containing 30 one-page answers to questions about topics like climate change, energy, health, natural hazards and natural resources will be presented in Q&A format with explanatory graphics, videos and interactive quizzes. 


Generous people like you have contributed $9.5 million. The Simons Foundation has graciously agreed to match every donation until we reach $10 million. The deadline for receiving funds or pledges is May 31, 2018. All pledges made to the Cicerone Fund by May 31st will have up to 3 years to be fully paid off, and will have double the impact thanks to the generous 1:1 matching gift provided by the Simons Foundation. If you are planning to support the NAS in the next 3 years, make a pledge today and increase the impact of your support!


Please contact Mark Carter, Director of Development for the National Academy of Sciences, at [email protected] or call 202.334.2431 if you are interested in making a pledge to support the Cicerone Fund. You can also make a one-time gift online through our secure gift form .  



The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) was the third in a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 GGCS was held in conjunction with the inaugural K-12 , at which robotics teams of high school students from nearly 160 countries competed to address the NAE Grand Challenge to "Provide Access to Clean Water."


The 2017 Summit aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. The focus of the Summit involved the four themes of the NAE : Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.


Watch the NAE's 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit Mini Documentary to learn more about this summer's Summit.   


 Thanks To You


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is an independent non-profit organization whose work relies on support from generous individuals, foundations, businesses, government, and other organizations. Philanthropy underpins our ability to address critical issues and policy and inspire positive action across sectors. Each gift makes so many things possible. It helps foster innovation, inspire action around shared priorities, and enrich the careers of outstanding science professionals. Most importantly, you help us lead, innovate, and make an impact in the United States and beyond.



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