DuPont Education Programs Invest in a Brighter Future

DuPont education programs aid preschool to post-doctorate students, strengthening our communities, our academic alliances and our research.

DuPont is proud to support scientific education and research. Our programs benefit pre-school to post-doctorate students, as well as public school teachers, college and university faculty, and industrial scientists and engineers.

DuPont education programs aid in the development of a highly skilled work force and scientifically literate citizens, while expanding our access to leading-edge research. Our goals include:

  • Strengthening the communities in which we operate.
  • Linking DuPont scientists and engineers with colleagues in academic communities.
  • Aiding in the creation of innovative solutions for the world’s greatest challenges.

A Heritage That Values Education

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson — who, at the time, was U.S. vice president — commissioned Pierre du Pont to write National Education in the United States of America, a treatise recommending comprehensive public education and a national university. Within a few years, Pierre’s son, E.I. du Pont, had founded the first DuPont site and opened a school to teach workers basic reading, writing and math skills.

Building on this legacy, the DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education (CCRE) continues to uphold the spirit of our founder’s commitment to learning. The CCRE’s mission is to sustain "The miracles of science®" by nurturing global collaborative research and science education. The first corporation to award scholarships and fellowships to chemists at 48 colleges and universities in the U.S., DuPont has now funded grants to more than 200 colleges and universities around the world.

Collaborative Research Partnerships

DuPont’s research partnerships operate at the undergraduate and graduate levels, funding highly original research and forging lasting ties between DuPont and academic, government and business partners. By cultivating focused, long-term relationships with leading scientists and engineers, we extend our research capabilities and fuel growth in core technology areas. These programs also contribute to workforce preparation and encourage participation in scientific fields from underrepresented populations.

Open Innovation

DuPont is moving towards more open innovation — fostering a community in which ideas are openly exchanged, issues addressed, best practices shared and funding secured. Because, together, we can accomplish what no one can do alone.

To support this platform, our Research Collaboration grants have been opened to government laboratories and companies, as well as academic partners. DuPont seeks to enable programs that aim to solve current challenges across a wide spectrum, from ideation to specific application needs. These grants may be either unrestricted or targeted to specific projects.

K–16 Science Education Programs

Our K–16 initiatives bring inquiry-based science programs to the communities in which we operate.

DuPont educational programs and competitions nurture young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, and increase the participation of underrepresented populations. Our professional development opportunities help safeguard the competence of math and science teachers. Together with educators, faculty, the business community and local DuPont sites, we are helping to grow scientific literacy and prepare the next generation of innovators.

How to Apply

Requests must be submitted in writing and include a one- to two-page description of the organization and program to be funded, explaining how it relates to the DuPont CCRE’s mission, operating philosophy and areas of support.

DuPont supports programs and initiatives with the potential to demonstrate improved and sustainable outcomes, primarily in STEM education. We use a comprehensive set of guidelines to assess the merits of all programs under consideration. DuPont does not fund curriculum development or assessment, capital campaigns or endowments.

Send inquiries and requests to:

DuPont Center for Collaborative Research & Education
P.O. Box 80357
Wilmington, DE 19880-0357

Applicants will be notified in writing of grant review results. Organizations should not make plans based only on verbal conversations.