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 and environmental protection in the Gulf of Mexico region. Read more
Gathering survey data on "experienced" well-being -- the self-reported levels of contentment, frustration, and other feelings people experience throughout the day -- would be valuable to inform policies, says a new National Research Council report.
National Crime Victimization Survey -- One of the nation's largest surveys of crime victims is likely undercounting incidences of rape and sexual assault, says a new report from the National Research Council.
Assessing Health Effects of Inorganic Arsenic -- EPA should take greater advantage of existing data on inorganic arsenic when conducting its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments, says a new report from the National Research Council.
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.