Funded Research

The MRF has funded millions of dollars in melanoma research since 1998.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is proud to award research grants supporting the study of melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment across the spectrum of the disease, including cutaneous, ocular and mucosal melanoma. These include the following:

  • Team Awards (established in 2014) - Two-year awards, up to $250,000 per year
  • Established (Senior) Investigator Awards (established in 2006) - Two-year awards, up to $100,000 per year
  • Career Development (Junior) Awards (established in 1998) - Two-year awards, up to $50,000 per year
  • Medical Student Awards (established in 2011) - One-year awards, up to $3,000
  • Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Awards (sponsored by the MRF since 2013) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year
  • Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award (sponsored by the MRF since 2015) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year

View a summary of the 2020 Research Recipients here.

Identification of Metastatic Modulators through Zebrafish Modeling

Career Development Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Shruthy Suresh, PhD
Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Elucidating Metabolic Changes that Occur in Melanoma Brain Metastases

Career Development Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Zachary Schug, PhD
Institution: The Wistar Institute


CXCL9 as an Immune Anti-Melanoma Therapy in Combination with BRAF Inhibition

Career Development Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Kwong, PhD
Institution: The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


Defining the Mechanisms of Resistance to Anti-CTLA4 Antibodies in the TME

Established Investigator Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Ravetch, MD, PhD
Institution: The Rockefeller University


Converting Regulatory into Proinflammatory Anti-Tumor Effector T Cells

Established Investigator Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD
Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital


Novel Target for Melanoma Therapeutic Development

Established Investigator Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Linda Malkas, PhD
Institution: Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope


Integrative Analysis of Prognostic Factors to Neoadjuvant Nivolumab/CMP-001 in Stage III B/C/D Melanoma

Team Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Diwakar Davar, MD
Institution: University of Pittsburgh (Mentor: Hassane Zarour, MD)
Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium – Bristol-Myers Squibb (MRFBC-BMS) Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology


Immunization Effect in Patients with Multiple Primary Melanomas

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Angela Zaladonis
Institution: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Wayne Conners Melanoma Research Grant


Therapeutic intervention of melanoma

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Kevin Yang
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham


Mechanisms of perivascular dispersal by brain-resident melanoma cells

Medical Student Award 2020
Principal Investigator: Sarah Wang
Institution: University of Virginia School of Medicine
In honor of Christopher Westdyk