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Research Grants

Research Grant RFPs


Learn about Research RFPs!

Open RFPs:

The 2024 grant opportunity cycle has closed with final grants currently under review. Visit the Grants RFP page to learn more about our future available research grant opportunities, eligibility, timelines and how to apply.

Under Review:

Established Investigator Awards (EIA)

Applications are currently under review. The EIAs provide funding of up to $125,000 per year for two years to established melanoma researchers, or senior researchers working in closely related fields who wish to move into melanoma research.

Career Development Awards (CDA)

Applications are currently under review. The CDAs provide funding of up to $50,000 per year for two years to junior investigators. Researchers who are beginning a research career focused on melanoma are eligible. This year, in addition to general CDAs, the MRF will offer the MRF Prevention Award in Honor of Teddi Mellencamp/ PREV CDA.


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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.
  • Pilot Awards: The goal of this award is to create findings that could then lend themselves to larger, multicenter grant proposals. Both tenured and non-tenured track faculty are encouraged to apply.
  • Resident/Fellow Awards: This grant is designed to fund clinical or laboratory melanoma research projects for resident/ fellows under the mentorship of a melanoma investigator.
  • 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.