Grant Application and Review Process

NEW: Young Investigator Research Team Award 

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. 

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted from July 1 - September 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Program Director at

NOTE: Application must be submitted as ONE SINGLE PDF that contains all necessary sections of the application, including biosketches and letters of support. Applications containing multiple attachments will not be accepted. 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. 

Established Investigator and Career Development Awards

The 2017 grant applications are currently under review.

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.

Read about all of our grant award winners, including our new 2016 recipients HERE! For more details on each type of award, please view our Types of Funding.

Medical Student Awards

Medical Student Award Applications are received from September 1 - November 1, and are awarded in January each year. Please check back on September 1, 2017 for the 2018 Medical Student Application.

The MRF is committed to introducing students early in their career to the clinical or reserach 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 30 medical students to date.

Please read all submission instructions below and in the application. Learn about previously funded MRF research by visiting our Research Recipients page!

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

If you have questions regarding the MRF Medical Student Award please email the Program Director at or call the MRF office at (800) 673-1290.