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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

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

No software-based technique can fully replace the bulk collection of signals intelligence, but methods can be developed to more effectively conduct targeted collection and to control the usage of collected data, says a new report from the National Research Council.


A new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed changes to the nation's food system.

Sandia National Laboratories; photos courtesy NNSA

DOE should remain the sole sponsor of NNSA labs, but maintain a strategic partnership with other agencies to better meet future national security needs, says a new National Research Council report.

Photo by Dan Norton,

A new National Research Council report identifies priority areas for ocean science research in the next decade, including the rate and impacts of sea-level rise and better approaches for forecasting hazards such as mega-earthquakes and tsunamis.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2013 Report to Congress

InFocus MagazineVol. 14/No. 1

Fall 2014

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

Annual ReportView the latest Report to Congress, which details the National Academies' work for 2013.

About the National Research Council

National Research CouncilAs 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.

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Recent Coverage

 Researchers With Ties To Chemistry Among National Academy Of Sciences Awardees - Chemical & Engineering News, Jan. 26, 2015

 US ocean sciences told to steer a new course - Nature, Jan. 23, 2015

 Cut hardware to save ocean science, says National Academies panel - Science, Jan. 23, 2015

 Study: Department Of Pesticide Regulation Assessments Thorough But Slow - Capital Public Radio, Jan. 23, 2015

 Technology offers no magic solution to bulk data collection issues, says panel - The Guardian, Jan. 15, 2015

 U.S. Report Finds No Substitute to Gathering Bulk Intel - Reuters, Jan. 15, 2015

 Report Finds No Substitute for Mass Data Collection - New York Times, Jan. 15, 2015

 Sharing Individual Patient Data from Clinical Trials - New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 15, 2015

 Buried Clinical Trial Data: The Dam Is About To Burst - Forbes, Jan. 14, 2015

 Johnson & Johnson Will Make Clinical Data Available to Outside Researchers - New York Times, Jan. 14, 2015

 Why the U.S. Is Losing Its Edge on Medical Research - Time, Jan. 13, 2015