Research Grant RFPs

The MRF has been funding peer-reviewed research since 1998. The foundation provides emerging and established scientific investigators with highly sought-after grants that allow them to explore new, high-impact avenues in melanoma research. The types of grants offered are noted below:

  • Team Science Awards: The largest grant offered by the MRF, a Team Science Award, encourages collaboration across academic disciplines in an institution or among multiple institutions. Team Science Awards are required to address an unmet need or Special Topic area, as defined by the MRF’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Established Investigator Awards (EIA): Applicants must have at least a position of Associate Professor and a demonstrated research track record. This award encourages proven researchers to continue research on emerging challenges in melanoma.  Ideally, this award will generate data that can justify a much larger competitive grant.
  • Career Development Awards (CDA): This award enables young researchers to generate the groundwork that can leverage additional grant funding from other funding bodies. As such, recipients must be either postdoctoral fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience or a research associate, instructor, assistant professor, or the equivalent.
  • Medical Student Awards: The MRF is committed to introducing studies early in their career to the clinical or research opportunities under the mentorship of an investigator engaged in melanoma research.

Occasionally, we also have special opportunities available that do not adhere to our usual categories. Specific details and application instructions for each MRF research opportunity will be available in the relevant RFP. To receive announcements of future MRF-sponsored research opportunities, please email with this request and you will be added to our email distribution list. Any questions regarding the research opportunities below can be directed to the MRF Science Officer at or (800) 673-1290.

CURE OM Team, Established Investigator and Career Development Awards

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5pm EST.

Award Decisions: August 2019

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is committed to advancing research across the spectrum of melanoma – from prevention through diagnosis, staging and treatment. In 2019, the MRF will offer a Team Award focused on ocular melanoma, Established Investigator Awards and Career Development Awards. In addition to traditional CDAs, this year the MRF will award one focused on pediatric melanoma and one focused on melanoma brain metastases. These grants are all for two years, with funding of up to $125,000 per year ($250,000 total) for the Team Award focused on ocular melanoma, $100,000 per year ($200,000 total) for the Established Investigator Awards, and $50,000 per year ($100,000 total) for the Career Development Awards. Specific details are noted in the RFP.

Read about MRF-funded research and explore the list of supported institutions