Douglas Wright Melanoma Award

The 2020 recipient is Dr. April Rose. Congratulations to Dr. Rose and her supervisors, Drs. Adrian Sacher and David Hogg, for their research project, Characterizing molecular mechanisms of RAS-mediated immune suppression in melanoma.

The University of Toronto (U of T) and the Douglas Wright Foundation have jointly established the Douglas Wright Melanoma Award at U of T, with the purpose of supporting and advancing melanoma research. Under the direction and supervision of an interdisciplinary advisory committee within the Faculty of Medicine, overseen by the Chair of the Department of Medicine, one annual award of $30,000 will be available to residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine.

  • How Long? Recipients will be expected to conclude their research project within one year, but an extension for a second year may be granted if approved by the advisory committee.
  • Who? All residents and fellows within the Department of Medicine are eligible to apply.
  • What? All types of research are welcome – clinical and basic.
  • When? 
Early-January  A call will go out to all residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine
June 30 Applications due (details below)
Late-July Notification of adjudication results released
September 1 Funding start date (for a one year term)
18 months following the end of the project Final report submitted to the Department of Medicine

Application Details

The application should include the following and be sent as PDFs via email to the Research Administrator at by Wednesday, June 30, 2021 deadline. Please indicate "Douglas Wright Melanoma Award" in the subject line.

  • a letter of application (five page maximum, 12-point font, one inch margins) addressing;
    • Background with brief review of literature and study rationale
    • Objectives and hypotheses
    • Methodology
    • Anticipated timeline
    • Impact, future research plans and knowledge translation
    • Budget (cannot be used for salary of applicant or faculty supervisor)
  • a CV, and
  • letters of support from the supervising faculty members and division/department head

Evaluation Criteria

  • Applicants must clearly identify their faculty supervisor
  • The significance of the proposed research must clearly demonstrate:
    • Scientific merit (validity, originality)
    • Contribution to advancement of scientific knowledge in melanoma research
  • Feasibility:
    • Feasibility of study design and conduct to achieve the research objectives
    • Ability of applicant to complete the research
  • It is expected that the recipient present their findings at scientific meetings and submit their work for publication
  • Applicants must submit a budget and timeline for completion of their research project
  • In the event that the advisory committee does not agree on an applicant in a given year, the award will be withheld until the following year’s submissions