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The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 05/17/2018

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


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






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.