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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

The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in spent fuel pools during severe accidents and terrorist attacks, says a new Academies report.


Operators, contractors, subcontractors, and federal regulators should collaborate to foster safety throughout all levels of the offshore oil and gas industry and confront challenges collectively, says a new Academies report.

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Evidence-based, interventional policies and practices are needed to prevent bullying and the significant consequences of such behavior for both its targets and perpetrators, says a new Academies report.


An Academies report finds that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop-improvement approaches.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 2

Fall/Winter 2015

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

Report to Congress 2014  coverView the latest
Report to Congress, which highlights the Academies' work from 2014.

About Us

National Research CouncilOur 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.

Seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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.

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Recent Coverage

 Report calls for independent offshore oil and gas safety organization - Oil & Gas Journal, May 25, 2016

 Spent fuel fire on U.S. soil could dwarf impact of Fukushima - Science, May 24, 2016

 Royal Society calls for review of European GM ban - BBC News, May 24, 2016

 U.S. Nuclear Reactors Fall Short on Steps to Cope With Disasters - Bloomberg, May 20, 2016

 Scientists Say Nuclear Fuel Pools Pose Safety, Health Risks - NBC News, May 20, 2016

 Once again, U.S. expert panel says genetically engineered crops are safe to eat - Science, May 17, 2016

 Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe, Analysis Finds - New York Times, May 17, 2016

 Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say - Washington Post, May 17, 2016

 Report: Expelling bullies doesn't work, but education might - USA Today, May 10, 2016

 Tough Penalties for Bullying Ineffective; Broader Approach Needed, Report Says - Education Week, May 10, 2016

 Bullying is a 'serious public health problem,' report says - CNN, May 10, 2016

 Elimination of hepatitis B and C now feasible - Medical Economics, May 2, 2016

 National Academies issue remote real-time offshore monitoring report - Oil & Gas Journal, May 2, 2016

 How NASA's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth - Scientific American, May 2, 2016

 Paris sets the stage for a clean energy revolution - Boston Globe, April 22, 2016