Eligibility Requirements

MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Research Team Award

  • In addition to the Principal Investigator (PI), at least one co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) must be identified. If the grant is focused on a rare, niche population, involvement of additional co-PIs and/or institutions are recommended and encouraged.
  • Grant submissions must involve collaborations from at least two different institutions. The PI must be from a MRFBC institution. Additional institutions may include non-MRFBC sites, although involvement of additional MRFBC sites would only serve to strengthen a grant application. 
  • The proposed PI and co-PI(s) MUST be either postdoctoral fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience at the time the grant will be awarded or have titles equivalent to a research associate/ scientist, instructor, or assistant professor at the time of the grant submission. Please note: although PIs and co-PIs must be junior faculty, additional members of the research team may be senior faculty members.
  • PIs, as well as co-PIs, are each required to have at least one mentor; the mentors’ biosketches must be included in the application.
  • Applications must be focused on either improving clinical outcomes for melanoma patients being treated with immuno-oncology agents or advancing the scientific understanding of immuno-oncology and the role of the immune system in melanoma. With respect to types of melanoma, grants could focus on cutaneous or rare subtypes such as ocular, mucosal, and/or pediatric melanoma.
  • Proposed research cannot be identical to a currently awarded MRF grant.

General (for all grant types except Medical Student)

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree or equivalent
  • An applicant may be the PI or co-PI on only one application, of any type
  • American citizenship is not required. However, for all grants, the proposed research must be conducted in a non-profit research organization, a medical institution or an educational institution located in the United States.
  • Proposed research must comply with all applicable National Institutes of Health (NIH) animal and human welfare guidelines
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong departmental or institutional support and commitment
  • Applicants may, but are not required to, submit applications focused on one of the STP unmet needs.
  • PIs and co-PIs may not have an active research award with the MRF

Career Development Awards

  • Applicants who are postdoctoral fellows must have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience and must not have previously received any major grant support (e.g. from ACS, NIH, NCI or DoD)
  • Applicants who are not postdoctoral fellows may have a title of Research Associate or Assistant Professor, or equivalent
  • Proposed research is highly encouraged, but not required, to use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples
  • Applicants are required to have at least one mentor; their biosketch must be included in the application. Please note: mentors do not have to be at the applicant’s own institution.

Established Investigator Awards

  • Applicants must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher. Both tenured and non-tenured track faculty are encouraged to apply.
  • Proposed research is highly encouraged, but not required, to use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples

Team Awards (not available in 2017)

  • PI must have a title equivalent to Associate Professor or higher
  • PI is encouraged, although not required, to include a junior faculty member as part of the team
  • PI is encouraged to establish teams consisting of basic scientists and clinicians
  • Teams are expected to consist of a PI and at least one co-PI, possibly from different institutions
  • PI and co-PI(s) may not serve as a PI or co-PI on another application, of any type
  • International scientists may be eligible to participate in a Team Award as a co-PI or team member, but not as a PI. Prior to submission, the interested PI should inquire for eligibility and obtain specific approval from the Program Director.
  • Team applications must use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples
  • Team applications must focus on one of the STP unmet needs

Medical Student Awards

  • Applicants must be a medical student in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school or institution
  • Applicants must be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • MD/PhD students are eligible to apply
  • Applicants may not have previously received an MRF Medical Student Award
  • The applicant's proposed research project must be applicant-conceived and not merely an extension of ongoing research of their Research Mentor or another Principal Investigator. The project should be focused, innovative, clearly outlined in the research project proposal, and based on a methodology that is scientifically sound.
  • Applications must have potential to contribute meaningfully to the field of melanoma research and treatment
  • Awards may only be used for for direct laboratory costs and/or salary support, and are not to be used for indirect/administrative costs, to hire a consultant or contractor or for travel expenses

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