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.

Targeting SOX10 as a therapeutic strategy in BRAF wild-type melanoma

Career Development Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Cory Johannessen
Institution: Broad Institute, Inc.


Epigenomic and microRNAomic mechanisms of UV-induced melanomagenesis

Career Development Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Raza Zaidi
Institution: Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education


Comprehensive genomic characterization of mucosal melanoma

Career Development Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Iwei Yeh
Institution: The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award


Pilot trial to evaluate the effect of vitamin D on melanocyte biomarkers

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Eric Anderson
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MRF Medical Student Award in Dermatology in memory of Mark Rosenblatt


The role of BAP1 mutations in establishing a pro-metastatic immune microenvironment in uveal melanoma

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Matthew Field
Institution: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Genetic characterization of congenital melanocytic nevi and malignant melanoma

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Erik Geiger
Institution: Yale University School of Medicine


Non-viral engineering of T cells with enhanced tumorcidal potential activity for melanoma immunotargeting

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Jonas
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University


Age and sex differences in localized cutaneous melanoma survival and progression: A Mayo Clinic Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study on Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Jeannette Olazagasti Lourido
Institution: The Mayo Clinic


Methylated DNA shed in serum from metastatic melanoma as a biomarker following surgery

Medical Student Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Nathaniel Slater
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Interdiction of signaling by G-alpha-q to treat ocular melanoma

Established Investigator – CURE OM 2012
Principal Investigator: John Sondek, PhD
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Established Investigator Award – CURE OM