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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 National Research Council report recommends best practices that law enforcement agencies and courts should follow to improve the likelihood that eyewitness identifications used in criminal cases will be accurate.


An array of tools is available to help EPA incorporate sustainability concepts into its decision making, and the agency should do so across its range of activities, says a new National Research Council report.

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A new report from the National Research Council has upheld the listing of formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen" in the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC).

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Everyone involved in the academic chemical research enterprise has an important role to play in establishing and promoting a strong, positive safety culture, says a new report from the National Research Council.

Featured Reports from the National Academies Press

In Focus Magazine

2013 Report to Congress

InFocus MagazineVol. 13/No. 2

Spring 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

 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation names new president - San Francisco Business Times, Oct. 13, 2014

 Moore Foundation Names Public-Health Leader to Top Post - Chronicle of Philanthropy, Oct. 13, 2014

 New National Academy of Sciences study critical of eyewitness testimony - Washington Post, Oct. 3, 2014

 How reliable is eyewitness testimony? Scientists weigh in - Science, Oct. 3, 2014

Reform eyewitness identification: Column - USA Today, Oct. 2, 2014

 Why Police Lineups Will Never Be Perfect - The Atlantic, Oct. 2, 2014

How Eyewitness IDs Lead to Wrongful Convictions and Calls for New Methods - Seattle Weekly, Oct. 2, 2014

 Oil Spill Research Grant Program Up and Running - Claims Journal, Sept. 24, 2014

 Report takes on 'death panels' issue - UT San Diego, Sept 21, 2014

 Nation needs to address end-of-life care - Chicago Sun Times, Sept. 21, 2014

 'Cost of dying' gets attention it deserves - San Jose Mercury News, Sept. 18, 2014