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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
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A new examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of intervention.

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A new calls for centralized system of indicators of equity in pre-K through 12th grade education in the U.S. to identify disparities in outcomes and opportunity and meet students' needs.

Examining National Cancer Control Efforts

A new proposes a centralized national plan for cancer control, which would integrate organizations, resources, and care delivery processes to improve outcomes for patients and society.

Federal investments are imperative for continued success in highway innovation, says a new .

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2018 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 2

Fall 2018

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

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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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Recent Coverage

  - The Daytona Beach News-Journal - July 10, 2019

  - Quartz, June 30, 2019

  - Nature, June 28, 2019

  - USA Today, June 26, 2019

  - Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2019

  - STAT News, June 24, 2019

  - Medpage Today, June 20, 2019

  - UN Environment, June 20, 2019

  - Space Policy Online, June 19, 2019

  - Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2019

  - Nature, June 10, 2019

  - Mother Jones, June 10, 2019