Eligibility Requirements

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. 

Following please find the eligibility requirements for the various grants in the MRF Research Grant Program.

General (for all grant types)

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree or equivalent
  • An applicant may be the PI or co-PI on only one application, of any type
  • Proposed research must be conducted in a non-profit research organization, a medical institution or an educational institution located in the United States
  • Proposed research must comply with all applicable National Institutes of Health (NIH) animal and human welfare guidelines
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong departmental or institutional support and commitment
  • PIs and co-PIs may not have an active research award with the MRF
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss any eligibility questions with the MRF prior to submitting an application

Career Development Awards

  • Applicants who are postdoctoral fellows must have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience and must not have previously received any major grant support (e.g. from ACS, NIH, NCI or DoD)
  • Applicants who are not postdoctoral fellows may have a title of Research Associate or Assistant Professor, or equivalent
  • Proposed research is highly encouraged, but not required, to use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples
  • Applicants may, but are not required to, submit applications focused on one of the STP unmet needs

Established Investigator Awards

  • Applicants must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher
  • Proposed research is highly encouraged, but not required, to use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples
  • Applicants may, but are not required to, submit applications focused on one of the STP unmet needs

Team Awards

  • PI must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher
  • PI is encouraged, although not required, to include a junior faculty member as part of the team
  • PI is encouraged to establish teams consisting of basic scientists and clinicians
  • Teams are expected to consist of a PI and at least one co-PI, possibly from different institutions
  • PI and co-PI(s) may not serve as a PI or co-PI on another application, of any type
  • International scientists may be eligible to participate in a Team Award as a co-PI or team member, but not as a PI. Prior to submission, the interested PI should inquire for eligibility and obtain specific approval from the Program Director.
  • Team applications must use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples
  • Team applications must focus on one of the STP unmet needs

Medical Student Awards

  • Applicants must be a medical student in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school or institution
  • Applicants must be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • Applicants may not have previously received an MRF Medical Student Award
  • The applicant's proposed research project must be applicant-conceived and not merely an extension of ongoing research of their Research Mentor or another Principal Investigator. The project should be focused, innovative, clearly outlined in the research project proposal, and based on a methodology that is scientifically sound.
  • Applications must have potential to contribute meaningfully to the field of melanoma research and treatment
  • Awards may only be used for for direct laboratory costs and/or salary support, and are not to be used for indirect/administrative costs, to hire a consultant or contractor or for travel expenses