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.

Mechanism of UVB initiation of melanoma: a novel in vivo approach

Established Investigator Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Edward DeFabo
Institution: The George Washington University

The Diana Ashby Award in Memory of Danny Federici and the E Street Band; Year two: The TeamM4M and Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Foundation Award;


Integrating genetic and morphologic features of melanoma to improve disease classification

Established Investigator Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Boris C. Bastian
Institution: University of California, San Francisco

The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award for Mucosal Melanoma; Year two: Award in memory of Tricia Elaine black (Teb’s Troops), don Aronow, Arron Anchor and Jack Riemen;


Interrogating the role of HIF in malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: William Kim
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Award in Honor of Balmoral Turkey Trot, Carter’s Crusade Black Ribbon Ball, Cincinnati Miles for Melanoma Teams, Full Spectrum Dermatology, Dan & Pam Howard and Dean Packer; Year two: Award in memory of Kent McCullough and Amanda Carter-Horn;


Neuronal apoptosis by the prolyl hydroxylase EgIN3: Oxygen sensing and cancer

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Susanne Schlisio
Institution: Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Award in Memory of Don Aronow


Investigating the role of small Ribonucleic Acids (RNAs) in the progression of cutaneous melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Soheil Dadras
Institution: Stanford University

The Too Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award; Year two: Award in honor of Miles for Melanoma Pan-American Bike Ride (in memory of George Madzia), Kelly’s Dream, Wine Country Golf Classic (in memory of Joe Falso and Joe Roth) and Jessica Scruggs;


Inducing potent anti-tumor immunity against melanoma using cytokine/antibody immune complexes

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Paul Antony
Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore

The Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Foundation Award; Year two: The Miles for Melanoma of Delaware Award;


Role of lysosomal thiolreductase GILT in the activation of melanoma-specific T lymphocytes

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Karen Taraszka Hastings
Institution: University of Arizona

Award in Honor of Kelly’s Dream and The New Jersey Miles for Melanoma; Year two: Award in memory of Kathy Bowers, Randy G. Johnson, Larry Poplawski, Greg Conrad, Mark Bartulis, Phillips Geraghty, Nancy Fox, Michael Nelms, Steve Casey, Leo Hart, John Alexander Lewis, Jacqueline Anne Cogar, Tom Triphahn and Stephen Tancos;


Particle mediated epidermal delivery of xenogeneic gp100 DNA vaccines for melanoma

Career Development Award 2008
Principal Investigator: Jedd Wolchok
Institution:

The Life4Life Foundation Award


Regulation of melanoma metastasis by the tumor microenvironment: The role of Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) and PAF receptor

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Vladislava Melnikova
Institution: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Award in memory of Michael Geltrude and James O. Robbins; funding provided by the Mike Geltrude Foundation and JCK Foundation;


Targeting kinases to treat melanomas

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: SubbaRao Madhunapantula
Institution: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Award in honor of 2008 Wings of Hope Recipient: Dr. Howard Kaufman and The Too Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award; Year two: In memory of Doug Gillespie, Karl J. Nelson, Linda K. Snyder, George Madzia, Nancy Fox, Scarlet Lawrence Akins and Kent mcCullough.