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$25 Million Government Grant Program Available for Melanoma Researchers

The Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program announces $25M in funding for rare cancer research, which includes melanoma.

The Department of Defense funded Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) just announced the availablity of $25 million to support rare cancer research. This group of cancers includes melanoma and the MRF encourages the scientific community to submit the most innovative research proposals to ensure that melanoma gets its share of this available funding.

The PRCRP is currently accepting applications for two award mechanisms: a Career Development Award and the Idea Award, with Special Focus. Both pre-applications (proposals) are due June 10, 2014.

For more information on submission details and deadlines, visit PRCRP Funding Opportunities, or download the Synopsis of PRCRP Award Mechanisms (PDF). 

About the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP):
Established in fiscal year 2009, the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) was created to support innovative and competitive research in cancers specifically designated by Congress as relevant to military service members and their families. Funding studies on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer benefits not only the service members and their families, but also the American public, ultimately leading to increased survival rates, improved quality of life, and decreased costs of medical care.
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About Melanoma
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike men and women of all ages, all races and skin types. With a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, nearly 77,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2014, resulting in almost 10,000 deaths. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15- to 29-years-old. 
The majority of melanomas occur on the skin; in fact, melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma can also occur in the eye (ocular, or uveal melanoma), in mucous membranes (mucosal melanoma), or even beneath fingernails or toenails. 
About the Melanoma Research Foundation
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma. The MRF is an active advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF’s website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. More information is available at www.melanoma.org. Find the MRF on Facebook and Twitter.