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 new report and video from the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council examine current efforts to connect the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in K-12 education.
Proposed updates to U.S. federal regulations that protect human research subjects need greater clarification when applied to the social and behavioral sciences, says a new report from the National Research Council.
New types of assessments will be needed to measure student learning once the Next Generation Science Standards are implemented, says a new report from the National Research Council.
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.