World War I and the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council
A Research Competition
On the occasion of the centennial of World War I, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting an open competition for scholars under the age of 30 to research and write a scholarly paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the United States were engaged in the World War I effort. The focus, drawing on the creation of the National Research Council (NRC) associated with World War I, is on institutional changes (e.g., the charter of the NRC) and the research enterprise in America. In effect, scholars will look at how the war experience shaped long-term relationships among scientists and engineers and U.S. policymakers regarding national security and public welfare. Read a brief account of the NAS/NRC in the context of World War I.
On October 26, 2018, four finalists selected by an ad hoc review committee established by the National Academies will present their papers at a public meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC.