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.

Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-D (VEGF-D) in the biology of melanoma lymphatic metastasis

Career Development Award 2003
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Gershenwald
Institution: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Don Aronow Memorial Research Award


Regulation of T cell migration into melanoma metastases

Career Development Award 2003
Principal Investigator: Robert Fuhlbrigge
Institution: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


Immunotherapy against melanoma

Career Development Award 2005
Principal Investigator: Noah Craft
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center
The Jeanie O’Malley D’Ambrose Memorial Award


Crystal structure of recombinant melanoma differentiation associated protein-7 (IL-24): Engineering MDA-7 for therapeutic purposes

Career Development Award 2004
Principal Investigator: R. Bryan Sutton
Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Award in Honor of 2003 Wings of Hope Recipients: Allured Publishing, Dr. Allan Halpern, Scott Klau and Marshall Ramsey


Characterization of melanocyte transformation by Grm1

Career Development Award 2004
Principal Investigator: Suzie Chen
Institution: Rutgers University
Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation Award


Yeast vaccine: A novel melanoma vaccine

Career Development Award 2004
Principal Investigator: Mayumi Fujita
Institution: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Award in Honor of Char Kurant and Heidi Coughlin


Functional significance of the activating V599E B-Raf mutation in melanoma tumorigenesis

Career Development Award 2004
Principal Investigator: Gavin Robertson
Institution: Penn State University, M.S.Hershey Medical Center
Foundation for Melanoma Research Award


Identification of novel molecular targets for the treatment of melanoma

Career Development Award 2005
Principal Investigator: Sheri L. Holmen
Institution: Nevada Cancer Institute
Diana Ashby Memorial Research Award


Targeting BRAF and INK4A lesions in melanoma treatment

Career Development Award 2005
Principal Investigator: Jianli Dong
Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch
Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund Award


Investigation of FGFR2 as a novel oncogene in melanoma

Career Development Award 2006
Principal Investigator: Pamela Pollock
Institution: Translational Genomics Research Institute
In memory of Brian Anderson and Dr. R. Scott He; Year two: In memory of kerry Daveline, kathy Domijan, Paul Mikalauskas, Kathy Salling, Deb Sandry, Leanard E. Warren and SSgt Jon Warrington;