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Golden Goose Award

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The Golden Goose Award recognizes researchers whose seemingly obscure, federally-funded research has led to major breakthroughs. Since 2012, groups of researchers have been recognized each year for breakthroughs in the development of life-saving medicines and treatments; game-changing social and behavioral insights; and major technological advances related to national security, energy, the environment, communications, and public health.

In 2017, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of the founding organizations, brought the award under its stewardship.

The Golden Goose Award has strong bipartisan support, and winners are honored every year at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., where Members of Congress of both parties speak to the importance of the award and of federal funding of scientific research.

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