The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (the NAS of Belarus, or NASB) is the highest state scientific organization of the Republic of Belarus. The National Academy of Sciences reports to the President of the Republic of Belarus and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus. It organizes and coordinates fundamental and applied research performed by all subjects of scientific activities; conducts fundamental and applied research and developments in crucial areas of natural and technical sciences, humanities, arts, and social sciences in order to acquire new knowledge about a human, society, nature, artificial objects, and to increase scientific and technical, intellectual and spiritual potential of the Republic of Belarus. The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus provides organizational and technical support for carrying out of state scientific expertise. It also implements a unified state policies in the field of exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, coordinates and regulates activities of the organizations involved. The National Academy of Sciences is an umbrella organization on scientific and methodological support of informatization development in Belarus, and according to the Law of the Republic of Belarus On the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Statute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, it functions as a republican body of state management in the field of science.
Founded in October 1928 and officially inaugurated on 1 January 1929 under the name of The Belarusian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is the guiding research center in Belarus, which unites highly skilled scientists of different specialties and dozens of research, scientific and production, engineering and implementation organizations. The staff of the Academy of Sciences includes more than 16,000 researchers, technicians and service personnel whose average age is under 47 years old. There are about 5,350 Researchers, 399 Doctors of Sciences and 1,619 Candidates of Sciences (equivalent to Ph.D.), including 220 Professors and 491 Associate Professors.