Types of Melanoma Research Funding

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 1, 2015 at 5pm EST. The 2015 RFP will not be available on ProposalCENTRAL until December 1, 2014. All submissions, notifications and critiques will be completed entirely online through ProposalCENTRAL. 

Below are the types of awards that will be funded in 2015:

Career Development Awards (CDA)

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 and have not yet established strong federal funding for their research are eligible. The use of relevant genetic models and human derived tumor samples is highly encouraged.. CDA applications are encouraged, but not required, to be part of the STP mechanism listed below.

Established Investigator Awards (EIA)

The EIAs provide funding of up to $100,000 per year for two years to established melanoma researchers, or senior researchers working in closely related fields who wish to move into melanoma research. The use of relevant genetic models and human derived tumor samples is highly encouraged. EIA applications are encouraged, but not required, to be part of the STP mechanism listed below.

Team Awards

Team Awards provide funding of up to $250,000 per year, for two years. Teams should consist of a PI and at least one co-PI, possibly from different institutions. Teams consisting of both basic scientists and clinicians to address an unmet clinical need are encouraged, as is the inclusion of a junior scientist. The use of relevant genetic models and human derived tumor samples is required. Use of clinically annotated samples, samples from clinical trials and trials conducted within the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) are particularly welcomed, but not required. All Team Awards must address one of the Specific Topic Proposals (STPs) identified below. Team applications should demonstrate how the proposal will answer the selected unmet need topic. Team applications need to establish the relative contribution of each member of the team for the proposed studies. A previous record of collaboration for the proposed team is advantageous. A minimum of two Team Awards are expected to be funded in 2015.

Specific Topic Proposals

The identification of scientific topics that address unmet clinical needs in melanoma research were identified through a series of meetings of multidisciplinary experts from the MRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee and Breakthrough Consortium Steering Committee. The following categories are the identified unmet needs in melanoma research selected as STPs for 2015. 

  • Prevention: Development of models and biomarkers
  • Identifying mechanisms and respective therapeutic strategies in less common molecular subsets of melanoma
  • Metastases: Dormancy and metastatic progression
  • CNS Metastases: Development of markers of risk and rational therapeutic approaches
  • Response to Treatment: Mechanisms and respective biomarkers for predicting response and for monitoring therapeutic response
  • Resistance: Intrinsic/Innate/Primary resistance to immunotherapies in melanoma

Please refer to the 2015 Request for Proposals for a full definition of each STP. Career Development and Established Investigator applicants are encouraged, but not required, to focus on one of these themes in their proposals. Team Award applications are required to focus on one of the STPs.

Learn how to apply for a MRF research grant.

Medical Student Awards

The 2015 Medical Student Application cycle has now closed and applications are under review. Results will be available by Jan. 1, 2015. You may view the 2015 Medical Student Award Application here. 

The Medical Student Awards provide funding of up to $3,000 per year for one year to medical students. 

All questions regarding the grant program can be directed to the Program Director at research@melanoma.org.