Research & Science

Research Grants

Grant Infographic

NOTE: The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) understands that public health concerns are a priority at this time and that research disruptions or delays may result in the coming weeks and months. The MRF and its Scientific Advisory Committee remain committed to our grantees and ensuring their important work continues through any constraints posed by the global COVID-19 response. We appreciate all that is being done to advance melanoma research in this time and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding MRF-funded research.

If you need flexibility in submission of required progress reports (either interim or final) and/or the option of a 1-year no-cost-extension (NCE) please contact MRF Science Officer Robyn Burns at or 202.899.2674. 

Committed to advancing research across the spectrum of melanoma – from prevention through diagnosis, staging and treatment.

Established in 1998, the MRF research grants are a competitive, peer-reviewed program for investigator-initiated research conducted under the purview of our Scientific Advisory Committee. MRF-supported research is open to medical students through senior investigative teams and encompass not only cutaneous melanoma, but also the rare melanoma types such as uveal, mucosal and pediatric melanoma.

The MRF proactively partners with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), Society of Melanoma Research (SMR), other foundations and pharmaceutical companies to develop and collaborate on a broad agenda for melanoma research that takes full advantage of all opportunities, while also sharing challenges.

Since 1998, the MRF has awarded over $19.6 million dollars in research funding. This research spans 78 institutions in 30 states and the District of Columbia and focuses on melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about our commitment to melanoma science by reading the MRF Research Portfolio below, or download a PDF copy.

2020 MRF Research and Science Brochure


Research Grant RFPs

The MRF offers various research grant opportunities spanning Medical Student Awards to Career Development Awards to Established Investigator Awards to Team Awards, as well as various ad hoc awards. Ensure you check the site today for available opportunities.

Funded Research

Learn about the more than 200 MRF-funded research awards.

Supported Institutions

View the comprehensive list of the various institutions across the United States that have been supported by the MRF.