The United States may now risk falling behind in scientific discoveries as other countries increase their science funding. We need to get serious about science. In fact, maybe it’s time for researchers to fight back, to return a comeback for every punch line.
— Jim Cooper and Alan I. Leshner

golden goose Press Releases:

Five Researchers Recognized with 2019 Golden Goose Award for scientific contributions with great societal benefit – 9 September 2019

2018 Golden Goose Award Recognizes Five Researchers and Their Basic Research That Benefits Society – 13 September 2018

2017 Golden Goose Award Recognizes Six Researchers
Whose Taxpayer-Funded Work Benefits Society
 27 September 2017

Golden Goose Award Welcomes Colorado Senator Cory Gardner to Bipartisan Group of Supporters – 11 May 2017


Media coverage:

2019 Golden Goose winners

Golden Goose Awards Honor Scientific Ingenuity and Talent – Science

A silly-sounding prize for some serious science – The Harvard Gazette

ICDDR,B scientist wins Golden Goose Award – United News of Bangladesh

2019’s Golden Goose Awards Celebrate the Silliest-Sounding Science to Benefit Society – IFL Science

2018 Golden Goose winners

Advice to young scientists from the winners of the Golden Goose Award Elsevier Connect

Golden Goose prize recognizes serendipitous discoveries Science

Of Geese and Glick – Mary Sue’s Desk, from the Association of American Universities

How studying chicken butts cracked the inner workings of our immune system Popular Science

UW psychology professor honored for founding research on implicit bias University of Washington News

Nosek and ‘Implicit Bias’ Team Bestowed Golden Goose Award – UVA

Golden Goose Award Recipients Prove the Value of Basic Science – AAAS

How the ‘Golden Goose’ was Hatched AAAS

Funding Basic Research Plays the Long Game for Future Payoffs — The Conversation

2017 Golden Goose winners

A microscopic eye on the enemy of amphibians – Elsevier Connect

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer, Involved in General AI and Machine Learning Startup, Won Golden Goose Award – The Business Journals

The Extinct Frogs and the Golden Goose – The Revelator

Reminder: super random research can produce some amazing science – Popular Science

How these 3 experiments went from goose egg to science gold – PBS NewsHour

Previous Golden Goose winners

How obscure science led to spectrum auctions that connected the world – The Hill

My Voice: The Sex Life of the Screwworm Fly – Argus Leader

How Honeybees Helped the Internet – Pacific Standard Magazine

Ga. Tech Honey Bee Algorithm Wins Golden Goose Award – WABE Atlanta's NPR Station

How honeybee research improved your internet experience – Washington Post Grade Point

Why science shouldn’t be a political punchline – The Hill

Kingsport native John Vande Vate honored for his research work – Kingsport Times News

These Scientific Studies Were Deemed Silly or Obscure, But Led to Major Breakthroughs – upvoted

How The Screwworm's Sex Life Saved Your Steaks – NPR

Scientists finally recognized for eradicating the sexy screwworm  Popular Science

Screwworm Sex Wins 'Golden Goose' Award for Unusual Research – Live Science

Sex, maggots, castration and politicians lead to this year's Golden Goose Award – gizmag

Researchers Studying "Teen Sex" and Flesh-Eating Maggots Win 2016 Golden Goose Awards – Smithsonian Magazine

'Sex life of the screwworm' researchers to receive Golden Goose Award – Independent

How the sex life of screwworm flies saved billions – c|net

Ridiculed screwworm fly scientists posthumously honoured for work on insect control – International Business Times

It's About Time We Honor the Scientists Who Studied the Screwworm’s Sex Life – Motherboard

Screwworm sex earns departed US duo a 'Golden Goose' –

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique – Entomology Today

Fly sex and a golden goose – Drovers

Golden Eggs – The Loh Down on Science, KPCC 

A Golden Goose, Cats Chasing Lasers, and Massachusetts – Huffington Post Op-Ed by Senator Ed Markey

The Scientist Who Taught Cookie Monster Self Control Has A Warning For Congress – Huffington Post

Golden Goose Awards for Unusual Research – The Scientist

Social science caricature sets back human progress – LA Times

Basic Research Often Mocked, Targeted for Budget Cuts Due to Lack Of Public Understanding – AAAS News

UM Researcher Pioneered Massaging Premature Infants to Stimulate Growth – Miami Herald

How Black Holes Led to the Creation of Web Browsers – Scientific American

Golden Goose Awards: Honk If You Support Basic Research – Social Science Space

Awards Honor Serendipity and Humor in Science – NPR

“Wasteful” science that wasn’t: New prize honors US-funded basic research – Ars Technica

How a fluorescent jellyfish - and federal dollars - helped fight AIDS – The Washington Post

“Scientific know-how, the engine of American prosperity, is especially critical amid intense budgetary pressures. Federal investments in R&D have fueled half of the nation’s economic growth since World War II. This is why a bipartisan team of U.S. lawmakers joined a coalition of science, business and education leaders to launch the Golden Goose Awards.”
— Washington Post

Golden Goose Awards: Your tax dollars at work for science research – LA Times

Science Oddities Win Golden Goose – NBC News

Golden Goose Awards Honor “Silly” Science – CBS News and Fox News

It’s Time to Get Serious About Scientific Discovery – The Washington Post

Of Geese and Fleece – The New York Times

Bipartisan Launch of Golden Goose Award Celebrates the Contributions of Basic Science – AAAS News

Why the sex life of the screwworm deserves taxpayer dollars – The Washington Post

Who Will Win the First Golden Goose Award? – Science Magazine


White House and Congressional Releases:

What Basic Research Means to You  White House Office Of Science and Technology Policy Blog

Basic Research, Game Changing Benefits – White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Senator Coons – Dear Colleague letter to Members of Congress

Representatives Cooper, Holt, Dent and Hultgren – Dear Colleague letter to Members of Congress

Golden Goose Award: Scientific Research Investments Pay Off – White House OSTP

Ranking Member Johnson Congratulates the Golden Goose Awardees for Their Groundbreaking Research Accomplishments


Higher Education Publications: 

Maria Zuber: Golden Goose Awards illustrate virtues of basic research – MIT News

IU alumna receiving Golden Goose Award for once-obscure research – News at Indiana University-Bloomington

Three ISyE Researchers Receive 2016 Golden Goose Award for the Honey Bee Algorithm – Georgia Tech News Center

Honeybee Algorithm receives Golden Goose Award – research news@Vanderbilt

Golden Goose Award honors bee expert's impact on computing – Cornell Chronicle

Alumnus posthumously honored for research – South Dakota State News

ADD Health: Sociologist Peter Bearman on his Landmark Adolescent Health Study – Columbia University News

Grabbing the Golden Goose – UNC Research News

For one-time Hopkins researchers, accidental discovery led to Nobel Prize-winning breakthrough – JHU Hub

UW psychology professor Yuichi Shoda honored for famous long-term study on delayed gratification – UW Today

Golden Goose award presented to Duke researchers for rat study – Duke Chronicle

Congressman’s ‘Golden Goose’ Aims to Stand Proxmire’s Award on Its Head – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Feathering the Golden Fleece – Inside Higher Ed

Golden Goose Award Goes to MED Professor Emeritus


Commendations in the congressional record