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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
Fukushima Daiichi; photo courtesy Tokyo Electric Power Company

A new National Academy of Sciences report concludes that the overarching lesson from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and regulators must actively seek out and act on new information about hazards with the potential to affect the safety of nuclear plants.


A national vision with regionally implemented solutions is needed to reduce risk from storms along the East and Gulf coasts of U.S., says a new report from the National Research Council.

Testing at Marshall Space Flight Center of 3-D printer. Courtesy: NASA

Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing, is likely to have a more significant impact on human space missions than for robotic spaceflight, says a new report from the National Research Council.

©Andrzej Wojcicki/Hemera/Thinkstock

To remain globally competitive in science and technology (S&T), the U.S. Department of Defense should develop an implementable strategy to improve its awareness of the global S&T landscape and identify opportunities for collaboration, says a new report from the National Research Council.

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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

 Beltway View: Climate change report warns Florida - Florida Today, July 26, 2014

 Nuclear Plants Should Focus on Risks Posed by External Events, Study Says - New York Times, July 24, 2014

 Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters - Associated Press, July 24, 2014

 Fukushima report urges U.S. plant operators to take heed - Science, July 24, 2014

 U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report - Reuters, July 23, 2014

 Can Scientific Advice on Coastal Risk Reduction Compete with ‘We Will Not Retreat’ Politics? - New York Times, July 23, 2014

 Report: Gulf and Atlantic Coasts Not Prepared for Sea-Level Rise - National Geographic, July 23, 2014

 ‘Just a snip,’ I was told. But that was just the beginning of my troubles. - Washington Post, July 21, 2014

 Report Brings 3-D Printing in Space Back Down to Earth - NBC News, July 18, 2014

 3D Printing in Space: There’s Much to Learn, Report Says - Roll Call, July 18, 2014