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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
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The National Children's Study has great potential to increase understanding of children's health and development, but its design needs stronger scientific rationale and further development, says a new National Research Council and Institute of Medicine report.

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As a matter of priority, FAA should implement an enhanced tool for air traffic control facilities that is capable of creating efficient work schedules that incorporate fatigue mitigation strategies, says a new National Research Council report.

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Despite significant advances in planning over the past two years, financial, procedural, and policy constraints have impeded ecosystem restoration progress in Florida's Everglades, says a new National Research Council report.

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A new National Research Council report recommends a research agenda to help overcome the barriers to integrating autonomous and unmanned aircraft into the civil aviation system.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2012 Report to Congress

InFocus MagazineVol. 13/No. 2

Spring 2014

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Annual ReportView the latest Report to Congress that 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

 ‘Just a snip,’ I was told. But that was just the beginning of my troubles. - Washington Post, July 21, 2014

 Report Brings 3-D Printing in Space Back Down to Earth - NBC News, July 18, 2014

 3D Printing in Space: There’s Much to Learn, Report Says - Roll Call, July 18, 2014

 3D printing in space could even produce new rocket engines - Tech Times, July 18, 2014

 Everglades work needs to include rising seas, report says - June 27, 2014

 Everglades restoration project has had modest impact, report shows - Reuters, June 27, 2014

 Science panel says only modest progress made in Everglades - Associated Press, June 27,2014

 Victor Dzau: change and controversy at the Institute of Medicine - The Lancet, June 28, 2014

 Congressman: We Need Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Get People Excited About Going To Mars - Huffington Post, June 26, 2014