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.

Measurement of macrophage derived interferon gamma levels in melanoma patients post UV radiation exposure

Medical Student Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Tatyana Petukhova
Institution: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University

Medical Student Award – In memory of George Wilkins


RTK coactiviation in BRAF inhibitor resistant melanomas

Medical Student Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Elisha Garg
Institution: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Medical Student Award – In honor of Dancers United Concert for a Cause


Targeting TBK1 in mutant NRAS melanoma

Established Investigator Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew Aplin
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University

In honor of participants in Wings of Hope, San Francisco


Optimizing combined targeted and immune melanoma therapies

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Marcus Bosenberg
Institution: Yale University

In honor of participants in Wings of Hope, DC – 3 year award in conjunction with the Melanoma Research Alliance


MT1-MMP as a target for treating melanoma

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Bedogni
Institution: Case Western Reserve University-School of Medicine

In memory of Amanda Carter-Horn and in honor of Neil Gaines and the participants in the Mela-no-no and Central Ohio Pasta Dinner fundraisers


The role of cell polarity in metastatic melanoma

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Witze
Institution: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

In memory of Terry Patters and Yvette M. Jarvis


Identification of predictive biomarkers in metastatic melanoma

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ryan Wilcox
Institution: The Regents of the University of Michigan

In memory of Aaron Anchor and Edward A. Merullo


Mechanisms of VISTA-mediated immune suppression in cancer

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Li Wang
Institution: Trustees of Dartmouth College

In memory of Kent McCullough


Discovery & therapeutic targeting of a metastatic microRNA in melanoma

Career Development Award 2012
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sohail Tavazoie
Institution: The Rockefeller University

In memory of Kevin Brue and in honor of participants in the Miles for Melanoma program


Genetic alterations in benign melanocytic neoplasms and invasive melanomas arising in the female genital tract

Medical Student Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Diane Tseng
Institution: Stanford University School of Medicine

Medical School Grant – In memory of Robert Hansen, and in honor of Simple Serenity Spa and Wellness, LLC