The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research is dedicated to fostering and supporting research that will advance the understanding and treatment of PWS.  Since 2003, FPWR has awarded more than 100 research grants, totaling more than $7.5 million in support, through a competitive grant process.  This reliable and consistent source of private research funding has energized the field of Prader-Willi syndrome research.  By funding innovative studies, working with established and respected PWS researchers, and bringing new and promising researchers into the field, we are working to advance new avenues of research, generate needed research resources, develop novel therapies, and positively impact the lives of all individuals with PWS.

About FPWR’s Grant Program

The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research has a professionally managed grant process that selects projects based on the collaborative input of both scientists and parent advocates.  FPWR chooses projects that are both scientifically sound and highly relevant for individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome and their families.

FPWR’s grant process is managed by a Scientific Advisory Board that has established the following objectives:

  • Stimulate research that will address the challenges faced by those with Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Support research that directly develops and evaluates new therapeutic approaches to PWS
  • Support innovative research that will lead to significant advances in understanding Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Support early studies that allow investigators to obtain the necessary data to support further investigation of PWS
  • Involve parents in the process of identifying relevant areas of research and selecting the most deserving research proposals

To reach these objectives, FPWR targets the following groups for allocation of research grants, all with the goal of broadening the base of research done on Prader-Willi syndrome:

  • New investigators: To help them establish careers in Prader-Willi syndrome research
  • Well-established, non-PWS investigators: To help them bring their expertise in relevant areas of research to address the problems associated with PWS
  • Established PWS investigators: To help them initiate new lines of PWS research

For more information on applying for research grants through FPWR, click here.  To see current and previously funded projects, click here.