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
Institute of Medicine
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
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, environmental protection, and oil system safety in the Gulf of Mexico region. Read more
Continuing expansion of federal regulations is diminishing the effectiveness of the U.S. scientific enterprise, says a new Academies report. It identifies actions Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and research institutions should take to reduce the regulatory burden.
Machines that use X-rays to screen airport passengers, although no longer in use, comply with established health and safety standards that prevent overexposure to radiation, says a new Academies report.
As immigrants and their descendants become integrated into U.S. society, their lives improve in terms of educational attainment, occupational distribution, income, and English language ability, but their well-being declines in the areas of health, crime, and family patterns, says a new Academies report.
Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error -- an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis -- in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new Institute of Medicine report.
Our 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; Institute of Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program.