Research Grants for Melanoma

Established Investigator & Career Development Awards

The 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available. 

Download the 2018 MRF Request for Proposals (RFP).

Applications are submitted and managed entirely online through ProposalCENTRAL and are only available during the application cycle (Jan. 2 - March 1). 

All proposals will undergo a rigorous peer-reviewed process by hand-selected experts in diverse areas of melanoma research. Reviewers include members of the MRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) as well as members of the scientific and clinical melanoma community who are not in conflict with the application.  Proposals receiving discrepant scores will be subjected to an interim review.  Applications with the highest scores (including those that received a high score in the interim review) are then assessed by a panel of representatives from the initial review group. The top ranked grants are recommended for funding to the MRF’s Board of Directors, who will determine the number of grants awarded based on available funds.

Medical Student Research Award

The 2018 medical student research grant awardees have been announced! Please visit the Research Recipient page to see the projects that were selected. 

The Medical Student Research Award is a research grant supporting medical students early in their careerswho are conducting clinical or laboratory-based melanoma research. Eligible areas of research can include the prevention, biology or treatment of melanoma and may focus on the study of cutaneous, ocular, mucosal or pediatric melanoma.

The MRF is committed to introducing students early in their career to the clinical or research opportunities under the mentorship of an investigator engaged in melanoma research. As such, medical students are encouraged to submit applications for the $3,000 award for 1 year of research. Begun in 2011, this program has funded 35 medical students to date.

Questions regarding the 2018 Medical Student Research Award or the MRF Research Grant program can be directed to the Program Director at or (800) 673-1290.

Learn about previously funded MRF research by visiting our Research Recipients page!

Grant Program Background

Since 1998, the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has been supporting promising medical research that will further the goal of developing an effective treatment and possible cure of malignant melanoma, while also encouraging scientists and clinicians to join in this mission. The MRF is committed to advancing a national scientific agenda for melanoma research, coordinating with other leaders and funders, while funding research across the spectrum of melanoma – in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The MRF proactively partners with other leaders and funders (NCI, Congress, Department of Defense, Melanoma Research Alliance) to develop and collaborate on a broad agenda for melanoma research that takes full advantage of all opportunities, while also sharing challenges.

Each year, the MRF provides emerging and established scientific investigators with highly sought-after grants that will allow them to explore new avenues in melanoma biology, prevention and treatments, ultimately leading to a cure. Basic, translational and clinical research projects are considered.

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All questions or concerns regarding the MRF’s Research Grant Program can be directed to the Program Director at or by calling 800-673-1290.