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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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A new report from the National Research Council lays out a roadmap for expanding the use of biological synthesis and engineering to manufacture chemicals.

Camp Lejeune, NC; US Marine Corps photo by Sgt Andrew J Carlson

A new Institute of Medicine report says the VA has done a commendable job drafting a document to help clinicians determine whether a veteran or family member has a medical condition covered by the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.

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Increasing the minimum age of legal access to tobacco would prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults and improve the health of Americans, says a new IOM report.

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A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council describes policy options for making National Flood Insurance Program premiums more affordable for all policy holders.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2013 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 14/No. 2

Winter 2014

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

Annual ReportView the latest Report to Congress, which 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

 Bill would raise age for legal tobacco purchases to 21 in RI - Washington Times, March 25, 2015

 Accelerating Chemical Production With Biology - Chemical & Engineering News, March 16, 2015

 Raise the smoking age? Report predicts big health benefits if we do - CNN, march 13, 2015

 Report: Raising legal age for tobacco would stop, delay use - Associated Press, March 12, 2014

 Raise minimum age to buy cigarettes to decrease use: U.S. study - Reuters, March 12, 2014

 Study Supports Raising Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21 - Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014

 National Academy of Engineering: U.S. Must Take Action to Strengthen Manufacturing Innovation, Productivity, and Workforce Training -, March 4, 2015

 Neil deGrasse Tyson to receive the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious honor - Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2015

 Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to Get National Academy of Sciences' Top Award -, Feb. 26, 2015

 Trying to encourage women to become engineers - McClatchy, Feb. 25, 2015

 Fighting Back Against Climate Change - New York Times, Feb. 24, 2015