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Call for 2020 Golden Goose Nominations

Nominate your colleagues, collaborators, and role models for a 2020 Golden Goose Award

What is the Golden Goose Award?

The Golden Goose Award honors federally funded researchers whose work may sound silly, odd, obscure, wasteful of taxpayer funding, or serendipitous, but has had a major, if not unintended, positive impact on society. Learn more about our 2019 awardees and their stories.

How do I submit a nomination?

Follow this link; the form is easy! Tell us who you are nominating, why their work sounds odd or obscure, what impact the research has had, and which U.S. federal agency funded the work. Anyone can submit a nomination.
NEW this year: Nominators of selected awardees will be recognized and receive travel support to attend the September 2020 GGA luncheon and award ceremony and to meet the awardees!
Is there a nominations deadline?

We accept nominations on a rolling basis throughout the year, but for the best chance to be considered for the 2020 award, submit by December 20, 2019. Nominations received after that date will considered in future years.
How else can I help?
Glad you asked. Forward this notice far and wide, add a blurb about the Golden Goose Award to your organization’s newsletter or email list, share in a social media post, and/or consider a donation or sponsorship to support the award in 2020. We want to raise awareness about this honor in as many science, engineering, and science enthusiast communities as possible. Every share, post, write-up, or donation makes a difference!
Where can I learn more?

Contact us here or visit our website for more information.