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Claire BrindisRead why Claire Brindis, NAM '11, feels that much more must be "done in continuing to build scientific evidence.”



Fred Kavli Auditorium

NAS Auditorium Renamed in Kavli's Honor


In recognition of a $10.5 million gift from The Kavli Foundation, the NAS auditorium has been renamed the Fred Kavli Auditorium. The Fred Kavli Endowment Fund will provide unrestricted funding to allow the NAS greater flexibility in providing timely guidance on cutting-edge issues in science through new programs and policy studies. Read more in the official press release.



Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment
for NAS Missions


Announced at the NAS Annual Meeting, the Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment Fund will strengthen the Academy and provide future NAS presidents with unrestricted resources to flexibly respond to immediate and long-term issues.


Cicerone Fund Quote The Endowment will:

Allow NAS to provide timely leadership on emerging, cutting-edge issues in science through new programs and policy studies.
"Help underpin the Academy’s roles: to validate scientific excellence; enhance the vitality of the scientific enterprise; guide public policy with science; and communicate the nature, values, and judgments of science to government and the public.“—Ralph Cicerone

Double the Impact of Your Gift

The overall fundraising goal is $20 million. To help us reach this goal, the Simons Foundation has graciously issued a $10 million challenge gift to inspire and encourage others to invest in the future of science in America.

Your gift, pledge or bequest to the endowment will be matched and will initiate new projects and leverage other funding on urgent scientific activities. Your support not only honors the Cicerones, but also strengthens the foundation for the Academy's future. 

 Click here to make a gift now to support the Cicerone Endowment Fund.


 NAE Global Grand Challenges SummitGGCS 2017 logo

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) is the third in a collaborative series sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The 2017 GGCS will be held in conjunction with the inaugural K-12 FIRST Global Challenge, at which robotics teams of high school students from nearly 160 countries will compete to address the NAE Grand Challenge to "Provide Access to Clean Water."


The 2017 Summit aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity. It will focus on the four themes of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living, as well as Education, and Public Engagement related to the Grand Challenges.


Watch the NAE's video Global Grand Challenges Summit Sizzle to learn more about the topics that will be covered at this summer's Summit. 



NAM Initiatives:
Vital Directions for Health and Health Care

Vital Directions logoBeginning in 2017, the next US administration will face unprecedented challenges — and extraordinary opportunities — as it charts the next steps for health reform in the United States. The NAM Vital Directions series will seek to identify areas of opportunity and explore national policies that are immediately actionable and hold promise for improving care quality, increasing access, and lowering costs, among other goals. For more information visit the Vital Directions webpage.

 Thanks To You


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is an independent non-profit organization whose work relies on support from generous individuals, foundations, businesses, government, and other organizations. Philanthropy underpins our ability to address critical issues and policy and inspire positive action across sectors. Each gift makes so many things possible. It helps foster innovation, inspire action around shared priorities, and enrich the careers of outstanding science professionals. Most importantly, you help us lead, innovate, and make an impact in the United States and beyond.


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