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.

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


Impact of iPS cell-derived highly reactive T lymphocytes on melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jim (Jianxun) Song
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

In memory of Andrea Sheridan and Steve Casey, and in honor of participants in Miles for Melanoma of Delaware and Tracy Welge


Epac1 as a target for treating melanoma

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kosaku Iwatsubo
Institution: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

In honor of participants in Miles for Melanoma of New Jersey


Balancing melanophore number in Danio rerio zebrafish

Career Development Award 2011
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Cooper
Institution: Washington State University

The Cosmopolitan Magazine Practice Safe Sun Research Grant


The regulation of melanoma metastasis

Established Investigator Award 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean Morrison
Institution: The University of Michigan

The Diana Ashby Award – In memory of Brenda MacDonald and Peggy Spiegler; Year two: In memory of Tricia Elaine Black, Deb Sandry, Nancy Fox, and Colleen DeMars, and in honor of Mike McAuliffe, Fred Hines’ Ride Across America, and participants in the Miles for Melanoma Marathon Program;