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.