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.

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:


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2015
Principal Investigator: Georgina Long, BSc, PhD, MBBS, FRACP
Institution: Melanoma Institute Australia, The University of Sydney


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2014
Principal Investigator: Jennifer A. Wargo, MD, MMSc
Institution: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award 2013
Principal Investigator: Roger Lo, MD, PhD
Institution: University of California, Los Angeles


The genetic evolution of uveal melanoma

Career Development Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Alan Shain, PhD
Institution: The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco

With support from Ted and Joan Newton and the Live4Life Foundation in honor of Liz Reilly. With support from Timothy Aycock Melanoma Research Foundation.