The MRP Melanoma Academy (MA) is a unique, interactive virtual academy focused on bringing together established investigators (Director and Deputy Director) and up to four early-career independent investigators (Scholars) to develop successful, highly productive melanoma researchers in a collaborative research and career development environment. The MA will provide intensive monitoring, national networking, collaborations, and a peer group for Scholars.
The MA is a virtual career development and research platform that consists of Scholars and their Career Guides (primary mentors) from different institutions, and an Academy Director and Deputy Director. The Academy Director and Deputy Director catalyze the growth and professional development of the Scholars in collaboration with their Career Guides, assess the progress of the Scholars, and facilitate communication and collaboration among all Academy members. The MA will give Scholars opportunities to operate in a collegial, highly dynamic, and cutting-edge center to lead melanoma research to a new frontier. The MA will provide a platform for Scholars to collaborate with leaders in the melanoma field and advance research for melanoma patients.
This FY21 funding opportunity is soliciting applications for an Academy Director and Deputy Director to lead the MA. The Academy Director and Deputy Director (referred to as Academy Leadership) must be established melanoma researchers, and can be at different institutions. The Academy Leadership must demonstrate a strong record of mentoring and training early-career independent investigators, a commitment to leadership, articulate methods toward research collaborations, and the ability to objectively assess the progress of all Scholars in the MA. Early-career independent investigators interested in applying to become a member of the MA should refer to the FY21 MRP Melanoma Academy Scholar Award program announcement (W81XWH-21-MRP-MASA).