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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
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

Conducting clinical investigations of mitochondrial replacement techniques in humans is ethically permissible as long as significant conditions are met, says a new Academies report.

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The increase in the number of children who receive federal disability benefits for speech and language disorders is similar to trends in the general population, says a new Academies report.


A near-term update to estimates of the social cost of carbon is unwarranted based only on the revision of a specific parameter in the framework used by the government to measure the SCC, says a new Academies interim report.


A new Academies report calls for a step-wise conversion of civilian research reactors still using weapon-grade uranium, and a 50-year federal strategy for neutron-based research.

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.

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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

 Testing Genetically Modified Mitochondrial DNA Permitted - U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 4, 2016

 IOM: Mitochondrial Replacement “Ethically Permissible” - The Scientist, Feb. 4, 2015

 Three-parent DNA treatment for rare defect raises debate - PBS, Feb. 3, 2016

 AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study - Associated Press, Feb. 1, 2016

 The staggering economic cost of air pollution - Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2016

 Humans Implicated in String of Record-Warmth Years - National Geographic, Jan. 28, 2016

 Ridding research reactors of highly enriched uranium to take decades longer than projected - Science, Jan. 28, 2016

 Weapons scientists need hands-on experience, panel says - Physics Today, Jan. 27, 2016

 Science and science fiction collide in BOOM! Studios comic Venus - Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 27, 2016

 Science Teachers Need More Training to Get Ready for Next Generation Standards - Education Week, Jan. 21, 2016

 Has The World Learned The Wrong Lessons From The Ebola Outbreak? - NPR, Jan. 19, 2016

 Health Experts Call for $4.5 Billion Annually to Fight Pandemics - Wall Street Journal, Jan. 14, 2016

 Health panel: Pump new billions into disease outbreaks—or else - Science, Jan. 14, 2016

 Scientists Help Movie Writers Make Films ‘Plausible-ish’ - Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2016