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:

2021 MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Translational Immuno‐Oncology Team Science Award

The 2021 Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium-Bristol Myers Squibb (MRFBC-BMS) Young Investigator Translational Immuno-Oncology Team Science Award Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available! The goals of the MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Translational Immuno‐Oncology Team Science Award include 1) to help identify and support the next generation of melanoma scientists and 2) to focus on either improving clinical outcomes for patients with melanoma being treated with immuno‐oncology agents or advancing the scientific understanding of immuno‐oncology and the role of the immune system in melanoma. Additional details, including eligibility information, the review process, award administration, application materials and deadlines are provided below. Applications will be accepted beginning on January 4, 2021 and ending on March 15, 2021. Award decisions will be made by June 30, 2021.

To learn more and begin the application process, download the Request for Proposals (RFP) or contact [email protected] with any questions.

Under Review:

2021 Medical Student Research Awards

2021 Medical Student Research Award applications are now under review. Funded researchers will be notified by January 19, 2021 and funds will be disbursed when all required paperwork is submitted to the MRF. The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has been awarding Medical Student Research Grants since 2011 and since that time, 69 grants have been awarded to students at 43 different institutions. Medical Student Research Awards promote scientific inquiry and research opportunities to medical students early in their careers by funding concise clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the prevention, biology and treatment of all forms of the disease, including cutaneous, ocular, mucosal and pediatric melanoma. These grants are in the amount of $3,000 for a period of one year. To be eligible, applicants must be a medical student in good academic standing at an accredited medical school or institution in the United States. MD and/or MD/PhD students are eligible to apply. In 2021, in addition to awards focused on any aspect of melanoma research, the MRF is pleased to also offer two medical student awards focused specifically on mucosal melanoma research. 

Learn about research currently underway by viewing the 2020 Medical Student Research Award recipients.

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2021 MRF SAC Research Awards

Announcement will be posted in April 2021!


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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.