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Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) monitors critical national issues in the education and training of, and labor market for, the nation’s science and engineering workforce. It seeks to focus the expertise of scientists, engineers, educators, and economists on the formulation of national and institutional policies affecting our nation’s human resources in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) examines issues related to the conduct of science and evaluates opportunities for and barriers to international collaboration in scientific research. Its goals are to strengthen U.S. participation in international scientific, engineering, and medical organizations and to help build the capacity of these organizations.

Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) established in the fall of 2008, will be responsible for a program of studies and other activities at the NRC related to the management, policy, and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society.  The board will maintain surveillance of the field and propose initiatives that might be undertaken at the NRC, targeted at challenges of national and international significance.

Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) examines issues related to: the composition of industrialized nations' investment portfolios (plant and equipment, infrastructure, human resources, etc.) and their bearing on productivity growth; the quality and quantity of U.S. investments in "intangible" capital—education, training, and research and development; the impact of new technologies on firm performance, job creation and destruction, and wage and skill levels; and increased international competition in technology and market  development and its challenges for the multilateral trading system and scientific and technical cooperation.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
 provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. 

Committee on Human Rights (CHR)
addresses science-related human rights issues, particularly the unjust imprisonment of scientists, engineers, and health professionals anywhere in the world. Composed of NAS, NAE, and IOM members, CHR is actively supported by these three institutions who assist it by writing appeals for and letters of encouragement to imprisoned colleagues. CHR also serves as secretariat for the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies.

Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) brings the scientific and technical resources of the National Academies to bear on critical problems of peace and security. CISAC conducts major policy studies, both in response to requests from the U.S. government and on the committee’s own initiative. It also works with counterpart groups in Russia, China, and India to build common understandings of international security issues and to develop common solutions to arms control and security problems.

Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy (COSEMPUP) conducts studies on cross-cutting issues in science and technology policy and monitors key developments in U.S. science and technology policy. It is a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Committee on Science, Technology, and Law Program (CSTL) is the leading national committee that brings experts in science, engineering, and medicine (SEM) together with members of the legal, ethics, and policy communities for discussions about critical systemic issues of mutual interest and concern; to improve legal and regulatory decision-making; to optimize the conduct of federally funded research at academic institutions; and to identify frameworks for emerging science and technologies.

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) coordinates, monitors, and advocates action to increase the participation of women in science and engineering. The committee collects and disseminates information on the education and employment of women scientists and engineers, and recommends ways to enhance women’s advancement in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. Established in 1990 as CWSE, the committee expanded its scope in 2007 to include medicine.

Development, Security and Cooperation (DSC) brings together expertise focusing on expanded and traditional areas of international development.  This is done in part by maintaining programs of bilateral cooperation in science and technology issues and building new programs in areas where development and security issues intersect.

Fellowships Office (FO) administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors. These fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial, and international workforce. Current opportunities include the NRC Research Associateship Programs, the ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, the Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs, and the Jefferson Science Fellowship Program.

Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) provides a unique forum for dialogue among top government, university, and industry leaders of the national science and technology enterprise. The purpose is to facilitate personal working relationships and exchange of ideas regarding issues, problems, and promising opportunities that are facing those charged with developing and deploying science and technology resources.

Resilient America Roundtable, under the Office of Special Projects, aims to help communities and the nation build resilience to extreme events, save lives, and reduce the physical and economic costs of disasters. Through meetings, workshops and other activities, the Roundtable brings together experts from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors to advance discussions about resilience; incubate ideas and projects; and conduct education, outreach and community exchange that builds community and national resilience to disasters and extreme events.

Science and Technology for Sustainability Program (STS) contributes to sustainable improvements in human well-being by creating and strengthening the strategic connections between scientific research, technological development, and decision-making. STS examines issues at the intersection of social, economic, and environmental pillars and aims to strengthen science for decision-making related to sustainability.  The program concentrates on activities that are crosscutting in nature; require expertise from multiple disciplines; are important domestically and abroad; have technology and science at their core; and engage academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations.