Eligibility Requirements

MRFBC-BMS Young Investigator Research Team Award

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree or equivalent.
  • In addition to the Principal Investigator (PI), at least two co-Principal Investigators (co-PI)s must be identified. If the grant is focused on a rare, niche population, involvement of additional co-PIs and/or institutions is encouraged.
  • Grant submissions must involve collaborations from at least three 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. A list of the MRFBC institutions can be found on the MRF website here.
  • The proposed PI and all co-PIs MUST be either a postdoctoral fellow with less than five years of postdoctoral experience at the time the grant will be awarded or have a title equivalent to a research associate/scientist, instructor, or assistant professor at the time of the grant submission. Please note: although the PI and the 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.
  • Proposed research must comply with all applicable National Institutes of Health (NIH) animal and human welfare guidelines.
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss any eligibility questions with the MRF Scientific Officer prior to submitting an application.

Medical Student Awards

  • Applicants must be a medical student in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school or institution.
  • MD/PhD students are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens and may work on a research project with a mentor at an institution other than the one where she/he is enrolled.
  • Applicants may not have previously received an MRF Medical Student Award.

General Requirements for the Career Development and Established Investigator Awards

  • 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.
  • Proposed research is highly encouraged, but not required, to use relevant genetic models and, as applicable, human melanoma tumor samples.
  • 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 at the time the grant will be awarded 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. For individuals in this category, previous grant support (e.g. K08, K99, etc.) is allowed.
  • 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.

 

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