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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 & 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
Institute of Medicine

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
Photo courtesy the National Science Foundation

A new Academies report recommends major research initiatives in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean as part of a strategic vision to guide NSF's U.S. Antarctic Program over the next 10 years.


A considerable gap exists between psychosocial interventions that are known to be effective to treat mental health and substance use disorders and those that are commonly provided, says a new Academies report.

Minot, North Dakota, photo by David Valdez/FEMA

A new Academies report discusses the pros and cons of offering collective flood insurance policies to communities, and identifies challenges that must be addressed if it were to be implemented.

Pickwick Lock, Nashville District; photo courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers

Cardiac arrest strikes almost 600,000 people each year, killing the vast majority of those individuals, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 1

Spring/Summer 2015

The National Academies In Focus, a magazine featuring the activities and work of the Academies.

Report to Congress 2014  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2014.

About Us

National Research CouncilOur 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.

Seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conduct studies, facilitate workshops, and undertake other activities: Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Earth and Life Studies; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Institute of Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 We must build resilience into our communities - Nature, Aug. 26, 2015

 The Age of the Red Pen - Economist, Aug. 22, 2015

 Report sets new goals for U.S. Antarctic Program - Science, Aug. 11, 2015

 Shell in the Arctic: Please, Mr. Obama, may we drill some more? - Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 11, 2015

 The Search Is On For The Next MacGyver. Who Will She Be? - Popular Science, Aug. 7, 2015

 Watch: Finalists Pitch ‘MacGyver’-Inspired TV Shows With Female Leads - Newsweek, July 28, 2015

 Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. - Wired, July 22, 2015

 Actor Alan Alda adds science professor to his list of slashes - Washington Post, July 16, 2015

 Reading, writing and high-energy physics - Nature, July 15, 2015

 National Academy of Sciences set to have its first female president - Washington Post, July 7, 2015

 Survival rate in cardiac arrest is far too low, more CPR training needed, panel says - Washington Post, June 30, 2015

 Report urges major steps to help victims of cardiac arrest - Associated Press, June 30, 2015

 Many Americans Wait Too Long for Needed Health Care: Report - HealthDay, June 29, 2015

 For Automakers, Fuel Economy Targets May Be Less of a Stretch - New York Times, June 18, 2015

 U.S. researchers see auto fuel standards driving technology - Reuters, June 18, 2015