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
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 & 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
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
Provides leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange. Read more
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
A full suite of proven oil spill response tools is needed to address potential spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all tools are readily available, says a new National Research Council report.
The expanded use of both natural gas as a transportation fuel and aerodynamic devices on trailers could help reduce fuel consumption by medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, says a new National Research Council report.
Increasing the aperture and resolution of the WFIRST space telescope would add scientific capabilities as well as costs to the mission, says a new National Research Council report.
It is appropriate to include transportation spending as one component of a diversified stimulus package, especially if the economic downturn is expected to be prolonged, says a new National Research Council report.
As the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council's mission 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.
The Research Council performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, Transportation Research Board, and the Gulf Research Program.