The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose members serve as advisors to the nation on issues related to science, technology, engineering, and medicine. The society is comprised of peer-elected scientists regarded for their distinguished contributions to research. NAS members actively contribute to the scientific community domestically and abroad. Over 500 NAS members have won Nobel Prices, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal is internationally recognized.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), the NAS will establish a standing committee comprised of 14 experts to advise USAID as it develops policy, plans, and programming to assist partner or recipient countries in the midst of economic transition in health. USAID aims to support these countries in creating sustainable, country-owned health systems that improve health outcomes and protect people from financial loss due to illness.