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Golden Goose Award

The Science Coalition is a founding organization of the Golden Goose Award. The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.


Innovation Deficit

Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. The Science Coalition supports the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security.



What does science hold for the future? SCIENCE 2034 is an initiative by The Science Coalition to mark our 20th anniversary by looking forward 20 years and focusing on the possibilities of the future.

While we don’t know what the next “Big Thing” will be, we can make some educated predictions about how well-funded scientific research might change our lives and our world. At www.Science2034.org we ask scientists, policymakers and thought leaders to weigh in and tell us what they think science will enable 20 years from now and what that will mean to individuals, society and the world.


The Science Coalition

The Science Coalition Congratulates 2018 Golden Goose Award Recipients For Their Groundbreaking Work

September 14, 2018

Award Recipients Performed Their Fundamental Research At TSC Institutions

WASHINGTON – The Science Coalition (TSC) joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and several other science and higher education organizations to recognize the winners of the seventh annual Golden Goose Awards. The awards honor scientists whose initially “silly-sounding” research has returned enormous benefits to society and underscores the importance of fundamental research performed on university campuses across the country.

The Science Coalition issued the following statement on the award’s winners:

“The scientists recognized by this year’s Golden Goose Awards have had an undeniable impact on our world – from the social science that led to the discovery of implicit bias to the study of cellular proteins in chicken eggs thatimproved cancer treatments to the research into a mysterious gland found in geese that established our understanding of antibodies.

“These scientific explorations, which may at first sound obscure, are shining examples of the immeasurable value that curiosity-driven fundamental research provides our country and our society. The work highlighted this year was done at U.S. research universities through smart, federal investment.

“The Science Coalition applauds this year’s winners and looks forward to many more discoveries from curiosity-driven research that will drive the next generation of life-changing discoveries.”

Of the recipients awarded this year, five represent the following TSC member institutions: Harvard University, Northwestern University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, The Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Washington. At last night’s award ceremony, the winners were congratulated for their transformational work by a bipartisan group of Congressional supporters, including Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-01) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), as well as TSC Champions of Science Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) and Bill Foster (D-IL-11).

To connect with the award winners and learn more about their fundamental research discoveries, feel free to contact the following representatives:

Mahzarin Banaji, mahzarin_banaji@harvard.edu

Anthony Greenwald, agg@uw.edu

Brian Nosek, nosek@cos.io

Stanley Cohen, cohenstan@verizon.net


About The Science Coalition

Established in 1994, The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in fundamental scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation, and drive America’s global competitiveness.

About the Golden Goose Award

The Golden Goose Award honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd or obscure when first conducted, but has resulted in significant benefits to society. In 2012, a coalition of business, university and scientific organizations created the Golden Goose Award, conceived by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) as a strong counterpoint to criticisms of basic research as wasteful federal spending such as the late Sen. William Proxmire’s (D-WI) Golden Fleece Award. Learn more about the award, including past winners and supporters: www.goldengooseaward.org.


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