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.

Combination therapy of intralesional IL2, hypofractionated radiotherapy, and PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint blockade in metastatic melanoma

Medical Student Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Wang
Institution: UC Davis School of Medicine
Frank C. Campbell, MD Memorial Award


The role of MAP3K1 in melanoma progression and therapeutic resistance

Medical Student Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Abbey Vandersall
Institution: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney


Characterization of recurrent melanoma using a 50 gene expression panel

Medical Student Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Madelyn Renzetti
Institution: The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center
The Craig P. Merkel and James K. Saunders Memorial Award


The association of cutaneous changes in the skin site of melanoma vaccination with improved circulating immune response

Medical Student Award 2017
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Hickman
Institution: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Looney Legacy Foundation Award in Memory of Peter B. Looney


Youth participatory video intervention to reduce risk for skin cancer

Career Development Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Lori Crane, PhD
Institution: University of Colorado Denver
Funded by Elise and Brian Barish


Mechanism of metastasis in a less common molecular subset of uveal melanoma

Career Development Award – CURE OM 2016
Principal Investigator: Jae Hyuk Yoo, PhD
Institution: University of Utah
CURE OM Junior fellowship award made possible by a grant from AstraZeneca


Epigenetic effectors of tumor response to immune checkpoint inhibitors

Career Development Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Kunal Rai, PhD
Institution: MD Anderson Cancer Center


The role of the Anaphase-Promoting Complex in human melanoma

Established Investigator Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Mark Solomon, PhD
Institution: Yale University
Funded by Ross and Jeanne Bierkan


Regulation of the response to targeted inhibitors in uveal melanoma

Established Investigator – CURE OM 2016
Principal Investigator: Andrew Aplin, PhD
Institution: Thomas Jefferson University
#CUREOM Unite! Grant and matching funds by Mark and Alison Weinzierl


Use of selective HDACi to improve antibody blockade immunotherapy

Team Award 2016
Principal Investigator: Alejandro Villagra, PhD
Institution: George Washington University