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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Transportation Research Board
Transportation Research Board

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

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. Read more

Recent Studies

Given the significant challenges that still need to be overcome, it is highly unlikely that a quantum computer that can compromise public-key cryptography will be built within the next decade, says a new National Academies report.


A new report from the National Academies calls for a 20-year "blueprint for action," which will require significant commitment for federal and state coordination and funding to prepare the nation's interstate highways for future challenges.


Most of the alternative technologies to open burning and open detonation of conventional munitions designated for disposal are mature, says new National Academies report.


Reusable elastomeric respirators are an effective and viable option for protecting health care personnel from exposure to airborne transmissible contaminants during routine work and public health emergency response, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2017 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 17/No. 2

Fall 2018

The National Academies In Focus, 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

 Organizers of gene-editing meeting blast Chinese study but call for ‘pathway’ to human trials - Science, Nov. 29, 2018

 Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies - Associated Press, Nov. 26, 2018

 Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR - NPR, Nov. 26, 2018

 VA urged to look at toxic impact Agent Orange had on children of Vietnam veterans after scientists find strong link between herbicide and hypertension and precursor to rare form of blood cancer - Daily Mail, Nov. 19, 2018

 Vietnam War veterans' kids say Agent Orange impact 'a nightmare' ABC News, Nov. 11, 2018

 Citizen-science projects should be more diverse, says panel - Physics World, Nov. 8, 2018

 Will NASA’s Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon? - Scientific American, Nov. 6, 2018

 Citizen science needs to look more like society, report says - Science, Nov. 1, 2018

 Sexual Harassment Prevention: What Really Works - IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 31, 2018

 Silicon Valley’s largest accelerator is looking for carbon-sucking technologies — including one that could become ‘the largest infrastructure project ever’ - Business Insider, Oct. 27, 2018

 Scientists Push for a Crash Program to Scrub Carbon From the Air - New York Times, Oct. 24, 2018

 Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere BBC News - Oct. 24, 2018