Eligibility Requirements

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.

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

Career Development Awards

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or M.D. degree or equivalent
  • Applicants who are postdocs must have <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 postdocs may have a title of Research Associate or Assistant Professor, or equivalent
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong departmental or institutional support and commitment
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss any eligibility questions with the MRF prior to submitting an application for a Career Development Award
  • Applicants may not be associated with more than one application submitted
  • Applicants can submit applications focused on one of the STP unmet needs 

Established Investigator Awards

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or M.D. degree or equivalent
  • Applicants must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong departmental or institutional support and commitment
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss any eligibility questions with the MRF prior to submitting an application for an Established Investigator Award
  • Applicants may not be associated with more than one application submitted
  • Applicants can submit applications that address one of the STP unmet needs 

Medical Student Awards

The Medical Student Research Grants provide funding for medical students to engage in short clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the biology and treatment of melanoma.

View the entire Medical Student Award application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a medical student in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school or institution; they must also be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Awards will not be awarded to any applicant who has previously received an MRF Medical Student Award.

Grant Amount and Timeline

Grant awards are $3,000. Length of award period is a minimum of three months and no longer than one year from the date of disbursement of the grant.

Grant Award Criteria

The applicant's proposed research project is expected to 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.

Finally, all research projects must have the potential to contribute meaningfully to the field of melanoma research and treatment. All award recipients will be required to complete and return the MRF Medical Student Research Grant Award Final Report Form included in the application materials no later than six months following the completion of the research study time period.

Funding Restrictions

Grant awards are to be used 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. Projects must be applicant-conceived, rather than ongoing research of their Research Mentor or Principal Investigator.