The program


The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The National Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

The National Academies conduct studies that bring together experts from across disciplines to look at evidence with fresh eyes and openness to insights from other fields. These study committees survey the landscape of relevant research, hold public meetings to gather information, and deliberate to reach consensus, which results in a shared understanding of what the evidence reveals and the best path forward. The National Academies also convene workshops, symposia, and other events that bring together experts and practitioners to consider issues related to science, engineering, and medicine and their implications for policy and practice.

In addition to its landmark studies and convening activities, the National Academies pursue a range of initiatives to strengthen the scientific, engineering, and medical fields and their capacity to contribute to human welfare. This includes supporting fellowship programs that foster the career development of young scientists and collaborating with the academies of other nations that advance science globally.