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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. The NAS recognizes and promotes outstanding science through election to membership; publication in its journal, PNAS; and its awards, programs, and special activities. Through the National Research Council, the NAS provides objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. Read More  


Election to NAS membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Read more about our members and their contributions to science.

Featured member: NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with NAS member and NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover and the clues this view offers about water on Mars. Read More »

Pictured: NASA's Mars Curosity Rover. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Policy Studies & Reports

Our policy studies are conducted through the National Research Council (NRC). Access information about current and recently completed studies, including more than 5,000 publications available free online. Read More »

Recent report: The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited explores important changes that occurred in postdoctoral practices and the research ecosystem. Read More »

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

PNAS is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,800 research papers annually. The journal’s content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope.

Current Issue: Adaptive simplification and gecko adhesion
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