Science Needs Private Support

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Institute of Medicine (IOM)--along with our "operating arm," the National Research Council (NRC)--are private, independent nonprofit organizations. Most of the work that we do is funded by the federal government in our role as science advisers to the nation. This tradition of service reaches back to our 1863 charter, and providing independent advice to our government remains the central role of the NAS, NAE,

Bruce Alberts
Dec 6, 1998

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Institute of Medicine (IOM)--along with our "operating arm," the National Research Council (NRC)--are private, independent nonprofit organizations. Most of the work that we do is funded by the federal government in our role as science advisers to the nation. This tradition of service reaches back to our 1863 charter, and providing independent advice to our government remains the central role of the NAS, NAE, IOM, and NRC today.

There is also a lesser-known side to the work of the National Academies that has taken on increasing urgency and importance. It is work such as:

  • Addressing the problem of creationism in the classroom, by giving science teachers the tools that they need to teach evolution and the nature of science, while answering parents' and students' questions about why evolution ought to be taught in the science classroom, and...

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