Research Grants

Research Grant RFPs

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 [email protected] or 202.899.2674. 

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Open RFPs:

2023 MRF Research Grants

Since 1998, the MRF has funded 269 innovative, high impact, basic, translational and clinical research projects. Further, in 2022, the MRF awarded over $1,913,000 in new melanoma research funding. In 2023, the MRF will offer Established Investigator Awards, Career Development Awards (as discussed in the primary Request for Proposals (RFP) linked below), a CURE OM Award, as well as Medical Student Awards, Resident-Fellow Awards, Mid-Career Bridge Grants and a MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) Pilot Translational Award (detailed in separate RFPs). For more information about each award, eligibility requirements and application instructions, download the Request for Proposals below. Applications will be accepted beginning on January 10, 2023.


For all questions about research funding opportunities or any aspect of the MRF research program, please email [email protected]

Under Review:

Medical Student Research Grants

Applications are currently under review. The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has been awarding Medical Student Research Grants since 2011 and since that time, 91 grants have been awarded to students at 49 different institutions. The purpose of these grants is to promote research opportunities to medical students early in their careers by funding clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the prevention, early detection, behaviors that impact melanoma risk, biology and treatment of melanoma, including cutaneous, ocular, mucosal, pediatric, etc. In 2023, in addition to awards focused on any aspect of melanoma research, the MRF is pleased to also offer at least one award focused specifically on ocular melanoma research. Applications are due by November 15, 2022 at 5pm ET. For additional information, including eligibility requirements and complete application instructions, download the 2023 Medical Student Research Grant Request for Proposals (RFP).

Mid-Career Bridge Grants

Applications are currently under review. In response to a growing need in the field, the MRF has established its Mid-Career Bridge Grant to support investigators who are dedicated to melanoma research. This award will be for established researchers with pre-existing R01s, who have applied for a NIH R01 grant that was scored, but not funded. To support and sustain these investigators while they generate the data for the Response to Reviewers in the revised R01 (A1) submission, the MRF is offering bridge funding of up to $100,000 for one year. These awards will be competed 3 times in 2022 and application submission deadlines are on April 15th, August 15th, or December 15th, 2022. Additional information can be found in the 2022 Mid-Career Bridge Grant RFP.

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The MRF has been funding peer-reviewed research since 1998. The foundation provides emerging and established scientific investigators with highly sought-after grants that allow them to explore new, high-impact avenues in melanoma research. The types of grants offered are noted below:

  • Team Science Awards: The largest grant offered by the MRF, a Team Science Award, encourages collaboration across academic disciplines in an institution or among multiple institutions. Team Science Awards are required to address an unmet need or Special Topic area, as defined by the MRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Established Investigator Awards (EIA): Applicants must have at least a position of Associate Professor and a demonstrated research track record. This award encourages proven researchers to continue research on emerging challenges in melanoma.  Ideally, this award will generate data that can justify a much larger competitive grant.
  • Career Development Awards (CDA): This award enables young researchers to generate the groundwork that can leverage additional grant funding from other funding bodies. As such, recipients must be either postdoctoral fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience or a research associate, instructor, assistant professor, or the equivalent.
  • Medical Student Awards: The MRF is committed to introducing students early in their careers to the clinical or research opportunities under the mentorship of an investigator engaged in melanoma research.

Occasionally, we also have special opportunities available that do not adhere to our usual categories. Specific details and application instructions for each MRF research opportunity will be available in the relevant RFP.

Questions regarding the research opportunities below can be directed to the MRF Science Officer at [email protected] or (800) 673-1290.