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The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

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Last Updated: 2016-10-27

At A Glance

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

555 Madison Ave., 20th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022--3301

Telephone: (212) 753-1760

URL: www.dreyfus.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $101,492,843

Total giving: $2,939,865

EIN

135570117

BRIDGE Number

2877639891

Background

Incorporated in 1946 in NY - The foundation was established by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, also a chemist and his partner in developing the first commercially successful system of cellulose acetate fiber production. Born and educated in Switzerland in the latter part of the 19th century, Camille and Henry Dreyfus were chemical pioneers whose efforts contributed significantly to the evolution of the modern chemical industry. Throughout their lives they directed the operations of the Celanese companies they founded in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. In creating the foundation, Camille Dreyfus directed that its purpose be "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences. Since its first years of activity, the foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences. Chartered as a not-for-profit corporation by the State of New York with offices in New York City, the foundation makes awards to academic and other eligible institutions through several awards programs.

Purpose and Activities

To advance the sciences of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. The foundation assists organizations which afford facilities for the production, collection, or dissemination of scientific information; support mainly for postsecondary academic institutions through sponsorship of Dreyfus New Faculty in Chemistry Program, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Programs, the Dreyfus Faculty Start-Up Grant Program for Undergraduate Institutions, and the Dreyfus Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantages Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

This award recognizes significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating students, underrepresented in the profession, to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will also be made to an eligible non-profit institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility. .

ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

This program recognizes significant accomplishments by individuals who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional development as chemists or chemical engineers. The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will also be made to an eligible non-profit institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

This program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. .

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants by nomination only to young faculty members in chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering departments of academic institutions in the U.S.

Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

This program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences at undergraduate institutions. The program is based on nominations which provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Awardees are typically in departments that do not grant a doctoral degree. Nominees must hold a full time tenure-track academic appointment, be after the fourth and not after the twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and be engaged in research in teaching primarily with undergraduates. The award provides a $60,000 unrestricted research grant. Of the total amount, $5,000 is to be allocated for departmental expenses associated with research and education.

Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

This program seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry, and provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry. The program is open to all academic and other not-for-profit organizations in all U.S. States, Districts, and Territories. Applications are accepted from principal investigators that have well-established research efforts in environmental science or engineering. These research activities need not be located in traditional departments in the chemical sciences, and collaboration across departments and institutions is encouraged. .

Senior Scientist Mentor Program

Emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences may apply for one of a limited number of awards that will allow undergraduates to do research under their guidance. Successful applicants are expected to be closely engaged in a mentoring relationship with undergraduate students. The program provides a $20,000 award over two years, intended mostly for undergraduate stipends. Modest research support is also allowed. Funds are normally expended over a period of three years after notification of an award.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Higher education
  • Physical and earth sciences
  • Science
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $101,492,843 (market value)

Expenditures: $5,250,597

Total giving: $2,939,865

Qualifying distributions: $4,526,093