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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

The analysis used to set standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for new U.S. passenger cars and light trucks from 2017 to 2025 was of high caliber overall, but NHTSA and EPA should re-examine certain issues, says a new National Research Council report.


Wait times for health care appointments vary tremendously throughout the U.S., ranging from same day service to several months, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.


Federal regulation of the U.S. freight railroad industry should be updated to suit today's freight rail system, says a new report from the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board.

Pickwick Lock, Nashville District; photo courtesy US Army Corps of Engineers

The nation's inland waterways infrastructure needs a sustainable plan for maintaining system reliability and performance that ensures resources are directed where they are most essential, says a new report from the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board.

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2014 Report to Congress

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Winter 2014

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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

 For Automakers, Fuel Economy Targets May Be Less of a Stretch - New York Times, June 18, 2015

 U.S. researchers see auto fuel standards driving technology - Reuters, June 18, 2015

 Report: Automakers will speed vehicle weight reductions - Detroit News, June 18, 2015

 Release of encyclical reveals pope’s deep dive into climate science - Washington Post, June 18, 2015

 Report Supports Needs For New Waterways Plan, Funding - Times Record, June 17, 2015

 Report recommends freight railroad rule changes Washington Post, June 10, 2015

 National Academies releases U.S. freight rail regulations report - American Shipper, June 10, 2015

 Report: U.S. freight rail regs are outdated, need updating - Progressive Railroading, June 10, 2015

 What a new report shows about D.C. schools - Washington Post, June 5, 2015

 Report: Despite D.C. school reforms, disparities persist in system - Washington Post, June 3, 2015

 D.C. Schools Improved Under Mayoral Control, But Progress Remains Uneven - WAMU-FM, June 3, 2015

 D.C. schools report card finds achievement remains low, gaps wide - WTOP-FM, June 3, 2015

 US science academies take on human-genome editing - Nature, May 18, 2015

 U.S. science leaders to tackle ethics of gene-editing technology - Reuters, May 18, 2015