Awards for High-Impact, Federally Funded Research

In a world where attacks on inquiry are all too common, it’s nice to see great research recognized. The Golden Goose Awards are a forum for such encomia, focusing on federally funded research:

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 or unusual studies that have led to major breakthroughs and have had a significant impact on society. Such breakthroughs may include 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.

The Golden Goose Award was originally the idea of Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN). It was created and jointly launched by a coalition of organizations, listed below, which believe that federally funded basic scientific research is the cornerstone of American innovation and essential to our economic growth, health, global competitiveness, and national security. The award recipients were selected by a panel of respected scientists and university research leaders.

“It’s easy to mock researchers,” Rep. Cooper said, “but we couldn’t live without their brilliant breakthroughs. Today’s awardees gave unexpected gifts to mankind. Fiscal discipline is important, but without science we’ll never see the next discovery.” Rep. Cooper and other Republican and Democratic Members of Congress . . . support the Golden Goose Award . . .

What a refreshing antidote to the anti-intellectualism (and cynicism about government spending) so common in today’s press and politics.

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