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Science, Engineering, and Technology

Academy projects in Science, Engineering, and Technology explore how best to employ science and technology to enhance the human condition. Activities focus on increasing public understanding of current research and technological change, and on helping society adapt effectively and make meaningful use of new scientific knowledge.

Drawing on the expertise of scientists, humanists, social scientists, legal professionals, and others, the Academy analyzes the impact of advances in science and technology and develops policy recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the nation’s research enterprise.

Areas of interest include U.S. productivity in science and technology; the evolution of the Internet and its influence on social norms and institutions; and public understanding of, and trust in, science and medicine.

Projects within this research area are conducted under the guidance of the Science, Engineering, and Technology Initiative and its Oversight Committee.

Explore Our Projects in Science, Engineering, and Technology

You can review the Academy’s projects from the 1950s through today. For a full listing, visit our project page.


The Public Face of Science

The Public Face of Science will develop new assessments of public interactions with science, technology, and medicine

New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy

Studying how the nation can improve U.S. policy-making related to science and technology.

The Alternative Energy Future

Examining how social, legal, and economic factors can inhibit the adoption of new energy technologies – and how the application of social science research can help.

Human Performance Enhancement

Crafting a research agenda to explore the individual, societal, and regulatory implications of artificial performance enhancement.

Public Trust in Vaccines

Evaluating public perceptions of childhood vaccines in the U.S. and around the world, including how public trust is shaped at the individual, organizational, and societal levels, as part of the Academy’s ongoing work on Public Understanding of Science and Medicine.