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.

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


Molecular and clinical profile of melanoma in pediatric patients

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: William Dufficy
Institution: University of Colorado
Christy Findlay Memorial Award


Dissecting the Ecology of Melanoma Metastasis: Size and Number Trade-Offs in Circulating Tumor Cell Clusters

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Nathaniel Campbell
Institution: Weill Cornell Medicine
The Craig P. Merkel and James K. Saunders Memorial Award


Identification of genetic, clinical and environmental risk factors in patients with multiple primary melanomas

Medical Student Award 2018
Principal Investigator: Emily Cai
Institution: Stanford University
Frank C. Campbell, MD Memorial Award


Comprehensive Profiling of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Colitis

Team Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Douglas B. Johnson, MD
Institution: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Mentor: Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD)
Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium – Bristol-Myers Squibb (MRFBC-BMS) Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology


Christopher J. Marshall Award For Studies on Signal Transduction and Melanoma

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Maria Romina Girotti, PhD
Institution:


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Poulikos Poulikakos, PhD
Institution: