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The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


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.


chemistry, science, engineering


Giving only on a national basis.

No grants to individuals who are not sponsored or nominated by a nonprofit or educational institution, or for specific research projects, emergency funds, deficit financing, land acquisition, endowments, capital construction, or renovation; no loans.


Year ended 2012-12-31

Assets: $93,637,833 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,803,372

Total giving: $2,909,464

Qualifying distributions: $4,319,873

Giving activities include:

$71,872 for 4 grants (high: $35,000; low: $10,000)

$2,837,592 for grants to individuals


$120,000 award, payable in two $60,000 installments in two years Harvard University Jennifer Lewis Engineering Eco-Friendly Direct Ink Writing of Functional 3D Hierarchical Micro/Nano Architectures for Efficient Photovoltaics Cells

$120,000 award, payable in two $60,000 installments in two years Michigan State University Richard Lunt Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Physics Novel Perovskite Semiconductors: Making Solar Cells Affordable for Everyone