Grant Application and Review Process

Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Translational Immuno-Oncology Team Science Award.

This award is offered through the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) and generously funded through a grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) for more information and instructions on how to apply.

The MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Translational Immuno-Oncology Team Science Award is a research grant to help identify and support the next generation of melanoma scientists and to focus on either improving clinical outcomes for patients with melanoma being treated with immuno-oncology agents or advancing the scientific understanding of immuno-oncology and the role of the immune system in melanoma.

This award seeks to encourage young investigators to not only stay engaged in melanoma research focused on immuno-oncology, but to also foster institutional cross-collaborations. This grant is a 2-year team award of up to $150,000 per year ($300,000 total).

Questions regarding the 2018 MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Translational Immuno-Oncology Team Science Award, the MRFBC or the MRF Research Grant Program can be directed to the Scientific Officer at or (800) 673-1290.

Medical Student Research Award

The 2019 Medical Student Research Award application period is now open.

Download the Request for Proposals (RFP) for more information on how to apply.

The Medical Student Research Award is a research grant supporting medical students early in their careers who 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 46 medical students to date.

Medical Student Submissions Instructions

Full applications must be submitted electronically to the Program Director at research@melanoma.orgNOTE: Application must be submitted as ONE single PDF that contains all necessary sections of the application, including CV and letters of support. Applications containing multiple attachments will not be accepted. 

Medical Student Selection Criteria

All proposals will be graded on a 3-point scale in three major categories- applicant, application, and mentor. Each proposal will be reviewed by two independent melanoma treatment, diagnosis and/or prevention experts. In the event that a major discrepancy exists between the two scores of the reviewers, a third reviewer will be selected and will determine the final point score. No reviewer shall review a proposal for which he or she may have a conflict of interest.

Questions regarding the 2019 Medical Student Research Award or the MRF Research Grant program can be directed to the Program Director at or (800) 673-1290.


Established Investigator & Career Development Awards

Research applications are currently under review. 

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.   

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