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.

Metabolic reprogramming and its association with invasion in melanoma

Medical Student Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Chloe Goldman
Institution: NYU School of Medicine

Frank C. Campbell, MD Memorial Award


Creation and maintenance of university associated debit cards supporting indoor tanning

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Hannah Pederson
Institution: University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine

Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney


Epigenetic silencing of PTENP1 pseudogene in melanoma: Association with PTEN expression in clinical outcomes

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Brooke Rosenbaum
Institution: NYU School of Medicine

Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney


Assessing metabolic and genetic regulators of metastatic dormancy/quiescence in disseminated melanoma cells using the Pulmonary Metastasis Assay (PuMA)

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Eric Young
Institution: University of Kansas Medical School

MRF Medical Student Award in Dermatology from Donna Budjenska in memory of Craig P. Merkel and James K. Saunders


Defining novel mechanisms of genome stability in melanoma

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Sanghee Lim
Institution: Boston University School of Medicine

Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney


Investigation of surgical approach, lymph node drainage patterns, and sentinel node positivity on recurrence and survival in patients with melanoma of the external ear

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Amanda Truong
Institution: University of Utah

MRF Medical Student Award in Dermatology in memory of Mark Rosenblatt


Gender differences in the molecular profile of metastatic melanoma

Medical Student Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Sameer Gupta
Institution: Harvard Medical School


Leveraging BET inhibition to overcome therapy resistance in melanoma

Career Development Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Jessie Villanueva, PhD
Institution: The Wistar Institute


Unraveling RAF inhibitor action to improve therapy in BRAF-mutant melanoma 

Career Development Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Poulikos Poulikakos, PhD
Institution: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Identifying and targeting melanoma cells that metastasize to the brain 

Career Development Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Inna Fedorenko, PhD
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Center