About Us

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Reports from the Academies are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academies to address a particular statement of task.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.  Watch this website for information about public meetings.

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This project is a collaborative effort across a number of National Academies’ units.

National Academies’ Board on Life Sciences

The Board on Life Sciences (BLS) is the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on science, technology, education, and policy in the life sciences. BLS maintains expertise in and understanding of the full spectrum of life science disciplines, from molecular genetics to ecology. This enables the Board to deal with issues of both basic science, such as knowledge gaps, research priorities, needed investments, and policy questions that stem from advances in or applications of the basic science.

Learn more about the Board on Life Sciences.

National Academies’ Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment

The Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) advises the executive and legislative branches of government, other governmental and private sector organizations, and the general public on questions of technology, science, and public policy applied to:

  • the design, construction, operations, maintenance, security, and evaluation of buildings, facilities, and infrastructure systems;
  • the relationship between the constructed and natural environments and their interaction with human activities;
  • the effects of natural and manmade hazards on constructed facilities and infrastructure
  • the interdependencies of infrastructure systems (power, water, transportation, telecommunications, wastewater, buildings) and the potential for cascading failures

Learn more about the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment.

National Academy of Engineering

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

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National Academies’ Health and Medicine Division

The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Its aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Many of the studies that HMD undertakes are requested by federal agencies and independent organizations; others begin as specific mandates from Congress. While our expert, consensus committees are vital to our advisory role, HMD also convenes a series of forums, roundtables, and standing committees, as well as other activities, to facilitate discussion; discovery; and critical, cross-disciplinary thinking. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters.

Learn more about the Health and Medicine Division.