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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

Across the military and civilian trauma care systems, the quality of care varies greatly, and up to 20 percent of U.S. trauma deaths could be prevented with better care, says a new Academies report.

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A new Academies report recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A new Academies report says that Medicare's value-based payment programs could take into account social risk factors but any proposal to do so will entail both advantages and disadvantages that need to be carefully considered.


A new Academies report identifies a core set of parenting knowledge, attitudes, and practices tied to positive parent-child interactions and outcomes for children from birth to age 8.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 2

Fall/Winter 2015

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; Health and Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 Americans Continue to Fear GMOs Despite Not Knowing Much About Them - New York Magazine, July 22, 2016

 People want GMO food labeled — which is pretty much all they know about GMOs - Washington Post, July 21, 2016

 Police abuse of trafficking victims weakens fragile help system - San Francisco Chronicle, July 17, 2016

 Lack of data on gun violence is an embarrassment, researchers say - Dallas Morning News, July 16, 2016

 Considering Gene Editing - The Scientist, July 12, 2016

 Child Care Expansion Takes a Toll on Poorly Paid Workers - New York Times, July 12, 2016

 How Square Watermelons Get Their Shape, and Other G.M.O. Misconceptions - New York Times, July 11, 2016

 Science academy's new president cleared many hurdles on way to the top - Science, July 7, 2016

 Painkiller panel drops experts linked to pharma industry - Associated Press, July 7, 2016

 CubeSats set for deep space — if they can hitch a ride - Nature, July 6, 2016

 Science academies blast US government’s planned research-ethics reforms - Nature, June 29, 2016

 U.S. should abandon controversial effort to update human research rules, National Academies panel says - Science, June 29, 2016

 Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules - NPR, June 29, 2016

 Panel says upgraded trauma care could save thousands of lives each year - Chicago tribune, June 28, 2016