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.

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


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