Grant Application and Review Process

The 2015 Request for Proposals is now available. Minor changes were made from 2014, so please read all instructions, eligibility and requirements thoroughly. Applications will be accepted from December 1 - March 2, 2015 at 5pm EST. The 2015 RFP is now available on ProposalCENTRAL. All submissions, notifications and critiques will be completed entirely online through ProposalCENTRAL. 

All proposals will undergo a rigorous peer-reviewed process by hand-selected experts in diverse areas of melanoma research. Proposals with the highest scores and with discrepant scores are then reviewed a second time by the MRF's Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and final decisions are made by the MRF's Board of Directors.

Please view the Eligibility and Requirements to be sure that you are eligible to submit an application. Applications will not be accepted unless all eligibility requirements are met.

Career Development, Established Investigator and Team Awards 

New in 2014 and continued in 2015 will be the identification of specific scientific topics that address unmet clinical needs in melanoma research. These were identified through a series of meetings of multidisciplinary experts from the MRF Scientific Advisory Board and Breakthrough Consortium. For more details on each type of award, please view our Types of Funding.

Please read more about our Research Grant Recipients

All questions can be directed to the Program Director at

Medical Student Awards

The 2015 Medical Student Award Application cycle has now closed and will re-open for 2016 on September 1, 2015.  

Medical Student Submissions Instructions

Submissions must be submitted electronically to the Program Director at research@melanoma.orgNOTE: Application must be submitted as ONE single PDF that contains all necessary sections of the application, including CV and letters of support. Applications containing multiple attachments will not be accepted. 

Medical Student Selection Criteria

All proposals will be graded on a 3-point scale, in five separate categories, for a total of 15 points:

  • Content
  • Clarity
  • Creativity
  • Methodology
  • Achievability

If you have questions regarding the MRF Medical Student Award please email the Program Director at or call the MRF office at (800) 673-1290.