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 0,000 per year
  • Established (Senior) Investigator Awards (established in 2006) - Two-year awards, up to 0,000 per year
  • Career Development (Junior) Awards (established in 1998) - Two-year awards, up to ,000 per year
  • Medical Student Awards (established in 2011) - One-year awards, up to ,000
  • Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Awards (sponsored by the MRF since 2013) - One-year awards, ,000 per year
  • Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award (sponsored by the MRF since 2015) - One-year awards, ,000 per year

View a summary of the 2019 Research Recipients here.

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


GNAQ and GNA11 germ-line mutations as potential genetic biomarkers of increased melanoma risk in hereditary melanoma families

Medical Student Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Jason E. Hawkes
Institution: The University of Utah School of Medicine
Medical Student Grant – In memory of Staff Sgt. Jon Warrington and Brad Lanpher


Defining the melanoma anti-glycan antibody recurrence signature

Medical Student Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Adele Haimovic
Institution: NYU School of Medicine
Medical Student Grant – In honor of Project Red Walrus


Characterization of the BAP1 uveal melanoma metastasis suppressor gene

Established Investigator Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. J. William Harbour
Institution: Washington University, St. Louis
In memory of Kerry Daveline, Mike Revers, Kathy Bowers, Patricia Schellhardt Malone, Tom Butler, and Jonnie Newcomer – 3 year award co-funded with the Melanoma Research Alliance


Understanding of CTLA4 blockade and its combination with BRAF inhibition

Established Investigator Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Antoni Ribas
Institution: The Regents of the University of California
In honor of the participants in the Team M4M Marathon Training Program


Evaluating c-Kit in mucosal melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Matthew VanBrocklin
Institution: Nevada Cancer Institute
In memory of Susan Fazio and Lenore Goldberg


Roles of epigenetic regulator JARID1B in metastatic melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Qin Yan
Institution: Yale University
In memory of Paul Mikaulauskas, Nate Bloom, Gloria Wennerstrand, and Denny Neely, and in honor of the members of the 2010 Krokodiloes, Tigertones, and Whiffenpoofs