In a process that started in the 1960s, scientists from four different academic fields came together to study tropical coral with funding support from the National I nstitutes of Health in a venture some derided as “pointless.” This research, however, led to the development of coralline bone grafts, which are compatible with the human body and cause no immune reaction, and are now widely used to treat bone injury and deformity. In 2012, this research received one of the first Golden Goose Awards – an award designed to recognize the benefits of federally-funded research by highlighting studies that might sound unimportant, but have led to major research breakthroughs and significant societal impact.
Scrutiny of scientific research was exemplified through Senator William Proxmire’s (DWI) Golden Fleece Awards, which, from 1975 to 1988, targeted federal funding that Senator Proxmire deemed wasteful. Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) sought to reverse this legacy with the creation of the Golden Goose Award, which has received strong bipartisan and bicameral support and, in an annual award ceremony, recognizes researchers who have conducted seemingly obscure, federally-funded studies that led to breakthroughs ranging from life-saving medications and treatments to major technological advances related to national security, energy, the environment, communications and public health. The 7th Annual Golden Goose Award Ceremony and Reception will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:30pm ET in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the Golden Goose Award and past awardees, visit https://bit.ly/2xFoPYw.