Research & Science

Advancing research for breakthrough melanoma treatments

The Melanoma Research Foundation is committed to advancing a broad scientific agenda across the disciplines of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Although we have achieved a number of important scientific milestones, much more work remains to be done. For more information, download the MRF Research Portfolio.

COVID-19 Update: Despite significant disruptions to research labs and medical institutions around the world, progress in melanoma research continues. Recently the MRF invited our scientific partners across the globe to share how they are advancing research, treatment development and patient care in the COVID-19 era:

Research Grants

Established in 1998, the MRF research grants are a competitive, peer-reviewed program for investigator-initiated research conducted under the purview of our Scientific Advisory Committee. MRF-supported research is open to medical students through senior investigative teams and encompass not only cutaneous melanoma, but also the rare melanoma types such as uveal, mucosal and pediatric melanoma.


Scientific Initiatives

Responding to needs in the field, the MRF has spearheaded several scientific initiatives to accelerate research and treatments focused on the most common malignant tumor of the eye and initiatives that focus on rare melanoma subsets such as pediatric and mucosal, and the conduct of various scientific meetings.


Committed to the Science of Melanoma

The MRF funds a spectrum of research grants, scientific initiatives, and programs focused on research, education, and advocacy not only for cutaneous melanoma but also for the rare melanoma subtypes (e.g. uveal, pediatric, and/or mucosal melanoma).

Participate in Science

If you are looking for a way to get involved in melanoma research, you can participate in any number of ways – through a clinical trial, as a research advocate, in the grant review process, and/or through fundraising. Consider getting involved today!


Scientific Leadership

The MRF’s Scientific Leadership is comprised of multidisciplinary experts in basic and translational research, dermatology, epidemiology, genomics, pathology, surgery and medical oncology.  Members of all our advisory/ steering committees are volunteers that assist in providing the scientific direction of the MRF.