main content
Contact Us | Current Operating Status

What We Do

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are the nation's pre-eminent source of high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters. Most of our work is conducted through seven major programs; 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 NAS Gulf Research Program.

Consensus Studies

Our peer-reviewed consensus reports bring together the world's foremost scientists, engineers, and health professionals to address some of society's toughest challenges. Each year, more than 6,000 of these experts volunteer to serve on hundreds of study committees that are convened to answer specific sets of questions.

Bringing Together Interested Parties

Throughout any given year, we convene hundreds of conferences, workshops, symposia, roundtables, standing committees, and other gatherings that attract the finest minds in academia and the public and private sectors. These venues for discussion and debate are essential for allowing the scientific process to unfold. In addition, we publish dozens proceedings and summaries on these activities each year.

Journals and Periodicals

Our prestigious journals, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal, and Transportation Research Record, publish the latest scientific findings on a wide range of topics. We also produce a host of other magazines and publications that cover critical issues of science, technology, and health.

Across International Boundaries

Science, engineering, and medicine are truly international endeavors that bridge cultural differences. Learn more about our international partnerships, projects, and activities.

Education and Outreach

We are committed to making sure that every American is scientifically and technologically literate and able to make informed decisions. We offer a variety of opportunities from grade school to grad school and beyond that are designed to ensure lifelong learning, promote research across disciplines, and engage the public in a deeper understanding of science.

Recognizing Outstanding Achievement

Each year the Academies present a number of prestigious awards to encourage and reward exemplary professional achievements.

Who We Are