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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board

Provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange.

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.

Recent Studies

A systemwide change to the culture and climate in higher education is needed to prevent and effectively respond to sexual harassment, says a new .


Synthetic biology expands the possibilities for creating new weapons while decreasing the time required to engineer organisms, concludes a new


Introducing drone operations into the nation's airspace can provide substantial benefits to society, says a new .


To spur high-quality safety planning, Congress should extend evidentiary protections to cover public transit agencies, similar to those that state highway agencies and commuter railroads already receive, says a new .

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 1

Spring 2018

, 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

  - Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2018

  - NPR, June 19, 2018

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  - The Guardian, June 19, 2018

  - Huffington Post, June 16, 2018

  - New York Times, June 12, 2018

  - Washington Post, June 12, 2018

  - Nature, June 12, 2018

  - Associated Press, June 11, 2018

  - Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2018

  - San Diego Union-Tribute, June 11, 2018

  - Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2018

  - Nature, May 21, 2018