Research Grants for Melanoma

Medical Student Research Award

The 2018 medical student applications are currently under review.

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.

Young Investigator Research Team Award 

The 2017 grant applications are currently under review.

The MRF, in partnership with the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), is pleased to announce a new research award for 2017 for young investigator teams designed to advance the field of translational immuno-oncology research. Additional details can be found in the MRFBC/BMS Request for Proposals

Questions regarding the Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology can be directed to the Program Director at or (800) 673-1290. 

Team, Established Investigator & Career Development Awards

The 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released later this year. 

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

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.

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.