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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
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
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

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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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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.

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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.


Women and children who participate in the WIC program have low or inadequate intakes of several key nutrients that could be addressed with changes to the program's food packages, says a new Academies report.

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A new Academies report offers NASA a framework for prioritizing satellite observations and measurements of Earth based on their scientific value.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2014 Report to Congress

In Focus MagazineVol. 15/No. 1

Spring/Summer 2015

The National Academies 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; Institute of Medicine; Policy and Global Affairs; Transportation Research Board; and the Gulf Research Program.

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Recent Coverage

 Historic summit on gene editing and ‘designer babies’ convenes in Washington - Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2015

 Summit Opens Debate on Ethics of Gene Editing - Associated Press, Dec. 1, 2015

 Gene editing’s promise, risks focus of scientists’ summit - San Francisco, Nov. 30, 2015

 New report reviews current WIC food packages - News Medical, Nov. 23, 2015

 NIH program fails to launch blacks in biotech - Science, Nov. 20, 2015

 NIH to retire the last of government-owned research chimps - Associated Press, Nov. 18, 2015

 China's Bold Push into Genetically Customized Animals - Scientific American, Nov. 17, 2015

 Social cost of carbon emissions in spotlight - Nature, Nov. 13, 2015

 Can CRISPR Avoid the Monsanto Problem? - New Yorker, Nov. 12, 2015

 Leukaemia success heralds wave of gene-editing therapies - Nature, Nov. 5, 2015

 Gene drive workshop shows technology’s promise, or peril, remains far off - Science, Oct. 29, 2015

 Robert M. White, top weatherman under five US presidents, dies at 92 - Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2015

 Gene editing: Research spurs debate over promise vs. ethics - Associated Press, Oct. 9, 2015

 Gene-editing record smashed in pigs - Nature, Oct. 6, 2015

 Science Would Like Some Rules for Genome Editing, Please - Wired, Oct. 6, 2015