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Funded Research

About Funded Research

The MRF has funded millions of dollars in melanoma research since 1998.  Our research grants support the study of melanoma prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across the spectrum of the disease, including cutaneous, ocular, and mucosal melanoma.  The MRF Research Program supports research across their entire career- from medical students to established investigators.  The types of grants supported include:

Peer Reviewed SAC/BC/OM Grants

  • 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
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Research Awards

  • 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
  • Donor-directed – donor awards to fund specific areas of melanoma research

 

Occasionally, we also have special opportunities available that do not adhere to our usual categories.

Filter by State, Melanoma Type, Year, and Grant Category

State

Melanoma Type

Year

Grant Category

2020 Research Grants

Shruthy Suresh, PhD

Shruthy Suresh, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2022 Research Grants

Yuwen Zhu, PhD

Yuwen Zhu, PhD

Melanoma Immunotherapy with GPR182 blockade

Alexander C. Huang, MD

Alexander C. Huang, MD

Exhausted CD8 T cells as an early indicator of lymph node metastasis and the need for adjuvant therapy in Stage II melanoma

Minah Kim, PhD

Minah Kim, PhD

Identification of angiopoietin-2/Tie signaling molecules as a predictive biomarkers for ICI resistance in melanoma

Rewan Abdelwahab

Rewan Abdelwahab

Racial, Sex, and Socioeconomic Inequities in Melanoma Surgical Interventions & Outcomes: A Multivariate Analysis

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2021 Research Grants

Mackenzie Wehner, MD, MPhil

Mackenzie Wehner, MD, MPhil

Melanoma Risks and Risk Prediction in Patients with Actinic Keratosis

Nicolas Vabret, PhD

Nicolas Vabret, PhD

Harnessing Epigenetic therapies to License Melanoma Vaccine

Jessalyn Ubellacker, PhD

Jessalyn Ubellacker, PhD

Targeting metabolic vulnerabilities of melanoma metastasis in lymph

Colt Egelston, PhD

Colt Egelston, PhD

Immunotherapy using personalized T cell receptor engineered T cells

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2020 Research Grants

Diwakar Davar, MD

Diwakar Davar, MD

Integrative Analysis of Prognostic Factors to Neoadjuvant Nivolumab/CMP-001 in Stage III B/C/D Melanoma

Linda Malkas, PhD

Linda Malkas, PhD

Novel Target for Melanoma Therapeutic Development

Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD

Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD

Converting Regulatory into Proinflammatory Anti-Tumor Effector T Cells

Jeffrey Ravetch, MD, PhD

Jeffrey Ravetch, MD, PhD

Defining the Mechanisms of Resistance to Anti-CTLA4 Antibodies in the TME

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2019 Research Grants

Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD

Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD

Characterizing the Role of the Hippo Pathway During Melanoma Immunotherapy

William Sellers, MD

William Sellers, MD

The Development and Characterization of Cellular Models of Uveal Melanoma

J. William Harbour, MD

J. William Harbour, MD

Cellular and Genomic Landscape of Uveal Melanoma at Single Cell Resolution

Donald McDonnell, PhD

Donald McDonnell, PhD

Pharmacological Targeting of Estrogen Receptor to Enhance Melanoma Immunity

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2018 Research Grants

A. Hunter Shain, PhD

A. Hunter Shain, PhD

Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Vito Rebecca, PhD

Vito Rebecca, PhD

Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award

Walter Fast, PhD

Walter Fast, PhD

Innovative Approaches for GNAQ/11 Mutant Characterization and Therapeutic Targeting

Alison Skalet, MD, PhD

Alison Skalet, MD, PhD

A Novel Peripheral Blood Biomarker for Early Diagnosis of Uveal Melanoma

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