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The Council for Chemical Research grew out of a specific need for greater support for research in the chemical sciences and engineering.  Concerned about the decline of productive interaction between research universities and industrial R&D laboratories, in 1979 Dr. Malcolm E. Pruitt, VP for Research for the Dow Chemical Company, convened a meeting of the U. S. academic and industrial chemical leadership to see if a more cooperative environment could be restored.  This led to the formation of an organization emphasizing basic research and high quality education in the chemical sciences and engineering.

CCR was incorporated in 1980 and a headquarters office opened in 1982 in Bethlehem, PA. In 1990, this office was moved to Washington, D.C. to facilitate interactions with the federal government and to coordinate more effectively with other organizations having overlapping interests.

Today, CCR's membership consists of major corporations, government labs and top research universities that maintain a staff and facilities for the purpose of conducting a technical program in the chemical sciences, chemical engineering or related disciplines in the US.  CCR members work together to address common issues that influence innovation in the field of chemistry, such as intellectual property, sustainability, access to talent and globalization.  CCR advocates for public policy that creates a positive environment for innovation, and for sustained and predictable funding of basic science research by the federal government.  By hosting timely events -- large and small -- CCR brings together top decision makers from all aspects of the chemical research enterprise in order to advance America's economy, competitiveness and quality of life.


Improving Chemical Innovation through Collaboration and Advocacy

CCR accomplishes its mission by linking R&D leadership across discipline, institution, and sector boundaries.


CCR will profoundly influence the success of chemistry-related science and engineering research in serving society.

Core Values

  • Research in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other chemistry-related fields is essential to progress in health, quality of life, and economic prosperity.

  • Research is central to the educational process, especially at post-graduate levels. It prepares new professionals and is a key partner in the process of discovery, innovation, and development of basic and applied knowledge.

  • Chemical science and engineering perspectives play a central role in many disciplines.

  • Research, education, and applications draw the maximum leverage from collaborative approaches


  • Advance Research Collaboration
  • Advocate Research Investment
  • Enrich Graduate Education