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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

The current process for planetary protection policy development is inadequate to respond to increasingly complex solar system exploration missions, says a new .


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

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 .


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

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.

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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

  - Science, July 10, 2018

  - Physics World, July 5, 2018

  - The Verge, July 5, 2018

  - The Lancet (Editorial), June 30, 2018

  - Reuters, June 28, 2018

  - The Times-Picayune, June 27, 2018

  - The Washington Post, June 27, 2018

  - The New York Times, June 22, 2018

  - Scientific American, June 20, 2018

  - Houston Chronicle, June 20, 2018

  - NPR, June 19, 2018

  - June 19, 2018