Grant Application and Review Process

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.

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 five separate categories, for a total of 15 points:

  • Content
  • Clarity
  • Creativity
  • Methodology
  • Achievability

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!