Research Grant RFPs

The MRF has been funding peer-reviewed research since 1998. The foundation provides emerging and established scientific investigators with highly sought-after grants that allow them to explore new, high-impact avenues in melanoma research. The types of grants offered are noted below:

  • Team Science Awards: The largest grant offered by the MRF, a Team Science Award, encourages collaboration across academic disciplines in an institution or among multiple institutions. Team Science Awards are required to address an unmet need or Special Topic area, as defined by the MRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Established Investigator Awards (EIA): Applicants must have at least a position of Associate Professor and a demonstrated research track record. This award encourages proven researchers to continue research on emerging challenges in melanoma.  Ideally, this award will generate data that can justify a much larger competitive grant.
  • Career Development Awards (CDA): This award enables young researchers to generate the groundwork that can leverage additional grant funding from other funding bodies. As such, recipients must be either postdoctoral fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience or a research associate, instructor, assistant professor, or the equivalent.
  • Medical Student Awards: The MRF is committed to introducing studies early in their career to the clinical or research opportunities under the mentorship of an investigator engaged in melanoma research.

Occasionally, we also have special opportunities available that do not adhere to our usual categories. Specific details and application instructions for each MRF research opportunity will be available in the relevant RFP. To receive announcements of future MRF-sponsored research opportunities, please email with this request and you will be added to our email distribution list. Any questions regarding the research opportunities below can be directed to the MRF Science Officer at or (800) 673-1290.

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

Submission Deadline: December 3rd, 2018; Award Decisions: February 15th, 2019

This award is offered through the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) and generously funded through a grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).  This research grant supports 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).

Medical Student Research Award

Submission Deadline: November 6th ; Award Decisions: January 16th, 2019

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. 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.

These grants are for $3,000 for 1 year of research.

Read about MRF-funded research and explore the list of supported institutions