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 2020 Research Recipients here.

Targeted therapy for melanoma

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Keiran Smalley
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Award from The Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund, The New Jersey Miles for Melanoma and in honor of Landa Martin; Year two: In memory of Linda Transou and Tricia Elaine black; In honor of participants of the Delaware Miles for Melanoma and the Elm Grove Wine Tasting;


Requirements for MITF-regulated melanomas: Identification of novel drug targets

Established Investigator Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Edward Harlow
Institution: Harvard Medical School
The Diana Ashby Award; Year two: In memory of SSgt Jon Warrington, Paul Mikalauskas, Bruce Schocken, Tom Butler, Robert Hansen, Tom Barner, Deb Sandry, Kathy Domijan and Kerry Daveline;


MicroRNA in regulation and targeting of the cKit receptor in malignant melanoma

Career Development Award 2009
Principal Investigator: Vitali Alexeev
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University
The Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research Award; Year two: In memory of Michelle Rigney and Susan Fazio; In honor of participants of the New Jersey Miles for Melanoma;