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.

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.


Targeting genomic mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy

Career Development Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Rizwan Haq, MD, PhD
Institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
With support from John and Amy McCarthy


Exploring neuritin-mediated immune suppression to improve melanoma therapy

Career Development Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Joseph Barbi, PhD
Institution: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Funded by the Draeger Family – Honoring Richard Arthur Draeger from his Family


Targeting Elongation Factor-2 Kinase to Reinforce Melanoma Immunotherapy

Established Investigator Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Jin-Ming Yang, PhD
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine


GPER Signaling in Melanoma

Established Investigator Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Todd Ridky, MD, PhD
Institution: University of Pennsylvania


MC1R-selective small melanocortin analogs for melanoma prevention

Established Investigator Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD
Institution: University of Cincinnati
In Memory of John N. Decker


Impact of a germline variant on response to targeted therapy in BRAF wild-type melanoma

Medical Student Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Michael Gowen
Institution: New York University School of Medicine
Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney