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.

Testing E2F1 as a Candidate Oncogene Involved in Melanoma

Career Development Award 1998
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Nelson
Institution: The Arizona Cancer Center, of the University of Arizona at Tucson
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


Scientific Meeting Support for Novel Melanoma Research

Career Development Award 1999
Principal Investigator: Dorothea Becker
Institution: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Presented at a scientific meeting related to novel melanoma research held in June of 2000


Role of cadherins in melanoma transmigration and metastasis

Career Development Award 1999
Principal Investigator: Andrew P. Kowalczyk
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


Induction of anti-melanoma immune responses with interferon-g-polarized DC (Dentritic Cells)

Career Development Award 2000
Principal Investigator: Pawel Kalinski
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Kathy Salling Memorial Research Award


The effect of environmental factors on melanoma invasion and metastasis

Career Development Award 2000
Principal Investigator: Lori White
Institution: Rutgers University
Martin Schneider Memorial Research Award


Protection of dendritic cells from melanoma-induced apoptosis for tumor vaccination

Career Development Award 2000
Principal Investigator: Clemens Esche
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


Selective disruption of melanosome biogenesis: A possible therapeutic adjuvant in melanoma treatment

Career Development Award 2001
Principal Investigator: Victor Faundez
Institution: Emory University
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


The role of rho isoprenylation in melanoma invasion

Career Development Award 2001
Principal Investigator: Michael S. Kolodney
Institution: University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine
James Whittenberg Memorial Research Award and the Don Aronow Memorial Research Award


The role of soluble fibrin in leukocyte adherence and cytotoxity of melanoma cells

Career Development Award 2001
Principal Investigator: John Biggerstaff
Institution: University of Central Florida
Jason Armstrong Memorial Research Award and the Kerr, Russell and Weber Melanoma Research Award


Scientific Meeting Support

Career Development Award 2001
Principal Investigator: Dirk Ruiter
Institution: The International Congress for Pigmented Cell Research