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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

A new National Academies report lays out a framework for evaluating proposals to provide authorized government agencies with access to unencrypted versions of encrypted communications


A new National Academies report offers a vision of early care and education that is accessible, affordable, and adequately supported by a well-qualified workforce.

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A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies takes a comprehensive look at evidence on the human health effects of e-cigarettes, reaching dozens of conclusions about a range of health impacts.

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The VA provides mental health care to veterans of recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars of comparable or superior quality to other providers, yet a substantial unmet need remains, says a new National Academies report.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2016 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 16/No. 2

Fall 2017

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

Report to Congress 2016  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2016.

About Us

National Research CouncilThe mission of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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 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. The National Research Council's rules and regulations govern this work.

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Recent Coverage

 Canceling NASA's High Priority Missions: Bad Policy, Bad Precedent, Bad for Science - Scientific American, Feb. 21, 2018

 Salt marshes will vanish in less than a century if seas keep rising and California keeps building, study finds - Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21, 2018

 How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping - New York Times, Feb. 14, 2018

 An ‘Iceberg’ of Unseen Crimes: Many Cyber Offenses Go Unreported - New York Times, Feb. 5, 2018

 Veterans aren't always getting mental care they urgently need, report finds - CNN, Feb. 1, 2018

 Half of post-9/11 vets aren’t getting needed mental health care - Bloomberg, Jan. 31, 2018

 Report Recommends Priorities for Earth Observations from Space - Eos Earth & Space Science, Jan. 26, 2018

 E-cigarettes can hook teens, raise risk of smoking, report finds - NBC Nightly News, Jan. 24, 2018

 Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes - The New York Times, Jan. 24, 2018

 Physicists are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space - Science, Jan. 24, 2018

 U.S. Government Could Tighten Drinking and Driving Laws in Hope of Reducing Enormous Death Toll - Newsweek, Jan. 18, 2018

 New study says blood alcohol level should be lowered from .08 to .05 for all drivers - NBC Nightly News, Jan. 17, 2018