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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 education 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. 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.

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 new recommends a range of steps that researchers, journals, academic institutions, and funders should take to improve reproducibility and replicability in scientific research.


A new examines how work-related disability determinations can more holistically consider multiple sources of health information, the individual's physical and mental functional abilities, and environmental and social factors.


A from the National Academies offers guidance to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to conduct a hazard assessment of nonpolymeric, additive organohalogen flame retardants, which are used in some consumer products.


A new provides recommendations for addressing inequities that undermine the well-being of many adolescents.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2018 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 2

Fall 2018

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Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2018.

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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  - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, May 22, 2019

  - Health Affairs, May 21, 2019

  - News Tribune, May 19, 2019

  - Education Week, May 18, 2019

  - Chemical & Engineering News, May 16, 2019

 There are cheaper ways to treat Hanford waste, scientists say. State wants proof - Tri-City Herald, May 16, 2019

  - Nature, May 13, 2019

  - Physics World, May 8, 2019

  - Gizmodo, May 7, 2019

  - Washington Post, May 6, 2019

  - PBS News Hour, May 6, 2019

  - Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2019

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