Grant Application and Review Process

The 2014 grant acceptance period has now closed and applications are under review.

The 2015 Request for Proposals will be available by December 2014. Minor changes will be made from the 2014 RFP.

The MRF's Research Grant Program emphasizes both basic and clinical research projects that explore innovative approaches to understanding melanoma and its treatment.

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.

All submissions, notifications and critiques will be completed entirely online through ProposalCENTRAL. The 2014 RFP will only appear on the ProposalCENTRAL website while the award cycle is open.

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 Specific Topic Proposal Applications 

The 2014 applications are currently under review. Decisions will be made by September 1, 2014.

New for 2014 is the identification of scientific topics that address unmet clinical needs in melanoma research, which 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.

All questions can be directed to the Program Director at

Medical Student Awards

The 2014 Medical Student Awards are currently under review and funds will be distributed as soon as the critique process is finished.

Application Process and Materials

View the full instructions, application and final report.

Applications must include:

  • Cover page
  • Research project proposal, title, abstract, background, hypothesis, specific aims/methods, summary/relevance and references (4 page maximum, INCLUDING references)
  • Project plan with timeline (1 page maximum)
  • CV of applicant
  • Letter of support from Research Mentor approving research proposal, as well as outlining Mentor’s role and expectations. Research Mentor should be an MD or PhD engaged in melanoma research that is consistent with the program purpose as stated above. 

Submissions Instructions

Submissions must be submitted electronically to the Program Director at

NOTE: Application must be submitted as ONE single PDF that contains all necessary sections of the application, including CV and letters of support.

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.