Research Grants

Committed to advancing research across the spectrum of melanoma – from prevention through diagnosis, staging and treatment.

Established in 1998, the MRF research grants are a competitive, peer-reviewed program for investigator-initiated research conducted under the purview of our Scientific Advisory Committee. MRF-supported research is open to medical students through senior investigative teams and encompass not only cutaneous melanoma, but also the rare melanoma types such as uveal, mucosal and pediatric melanoma.

The MRF proactively partners with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), Society of Melanoma Research (SMR), other foundations and pharmaceutical companies to develop and collaborate on a broad agenda for melanoma research that takes full advantage of all opportunities, while also sharing challenges. 

Since 1998, the MRF has awarded over $17 million dollars in research funding. This research spans 69 institutions in 26 states and the District of Columbia and focuses on melanoma prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 

Research Grant RFPs: The MRF offers various research grant opportunities spanning Medical Student Awards to Career Development Awards to Established Investigator Awards to Team Awards, as well as various ad hoc awards.  Ensure you check the site today for available opportunities.

Funded Research: Learn more about the 166 MRF funded research awards.

Supported Institutions: View the comprehensive list of the various institutions across the United States that have been supported by the MRF.