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.

Targeting KDM5 Histone Demethylases to Boost Immune Response in Melanoma

Career Development Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Jian Cao, PhD
Institution: Yale University

Funded by the Denver and Chicago Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Fund-A-Grant


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Richard White, MD, PhD
Institution:


Targeting EZH2 in the Treatment of Non-Sun-Exposed Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Todd Wechter
Institution: Stony Brook University

Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


The Role of man1a1 in Immune Evasion During Progression of Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Khiem Tran
Institution: University of Arizona

Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Effects of Obesity on the Skin Stress Response and Treatment Outcomes in Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Constance Shreckengost
Institution: Emory University

The Dieter Ernest Memorial Medical Student Award


Determinants of Response and Mechanisms of Resistance to Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Jeff Meng
Institution: Harvard University

Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Tumor-infiltrating myeloid cells as biomarkers for response to PD-(L)1 checkpoint blockade

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Steve Lu
Institution: Johns Hopkins University

Paul Massimini Memorial Award


Targeting the Host Immune System to Improve Viral Oncolytic Therapy

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Michael Lee
Institution: University of Maryland

Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Examining BMP signaling as a regulator of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation and progression

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Alec Gramann
Institution: University of Massachusetts

Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Vitamin C as a Novel Therapeutic for Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Anita Gade
Institution: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Christy Findlay Memorial Award