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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

A new two-volume report from the National Research Council says proposed climate intervention technologies are not ready for wide-scale deployment and reducing emissions is still the most effective way to combat climate change.


A new report from the National Research Council recommends several improvements the California Department of Pesticide Regulation could make to ensure its human health risk assessments for pesticides adhere to best practices.

Sandia National Laboratories; photos courtesy NNSA

DOE should remain the sole sponsor of NNSA labs, but maintain a strategic partnership with other agencies to better meet future national security needs, says a new National Research Council report.

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Available evidence suggests that possible regulation of cigarettes is not likely to significantly change U.S. illicit tobacco market, says a congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.

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

 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

 Hollywood Is Crowdsourcing for the Next ‘MacGyver' - ABC News, Feb. 19, 2015

 Could a new MacGyver (a woman) get more people interested in engineering? - Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2015

 Untaxed cigarettes snuffing out NY tax income - Utica Observer Dispatch, Feb. 19, 2015

 Can science solve climate change? - Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2015

 Geoengineering won't solve climate change: Our view - USA Today, Feb. 15, 2015

 Climate scientists appear to be right about how much Earth could heat up - Oregonian, Feb. 15. 2015

 US panel redefines chronic fatigue syndrome - Nature, Feb. 11, 2015