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:

2022 Medical Student Research Awards

The 2022 Medical Student Research Awards Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available! The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has been awarding Medical Student Research Grants since 2011 and since that time, 80 grants have been awarded to students at 46 different institutions. The purpose of this one-year, $3,000 grant 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, biology and treatment of melanoma, including cutaneous, ocular, mucosal, pediatric, etc. In 2022, 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 mucosal melanoma research.

Applications will be accepted from September 13, 2021 until November 15, 2021 at 5pm ET. Additional information and complete application instructions can be found in the Request for Proposals or by emailing [email protected].

Under Review:

2021 MRF Career Development Awards

The 2021 Career Development Awards Request for Proposals (RFP) is under review. Career Development Awards (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 also offer specific career development awards focused on Pediatric Melanoma (PED CDA), Mucosal Melanoma (Cavan Family Foundation MM CDA), and Women in Science (Silverstein Family Research Grant Challenge WIS CDA). The deadline to apply is July 12, 2021 at 5pm ET.

Additional information about eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found in the Request for Proposals or by emailing [email protected]

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2022 MRF Research Awards

Announcement will be posted in December 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.