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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

2021 Research Grants

Didem Cobanoglu, PhD

Didem Cobanoglu, PhD

Control of Anti-Tumor Response by the Modulation of Neurotransmitter-Expressing Immune Cells

Nathaniel Oberholtzer

Nathaniel Oberholtzer

Harnessing the antioxidant properties of thioredoxin to enhance tumor-specific T cell memory response in adoptive cell therapy

Eric Grewal

Eric Grewal

Formulation and Preclinical Testing of an HLA-Engineered Neoantigen Vaccine for Melanoma

Michael Chang

Michael Chang

Clinical and genetic predictors of skin toxicity in mucosal melanoma treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors

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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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2017 Research Grants

Douglas B. Johnson, MD

Douglas B. Johnson, MD

Comprehensive Profiling of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Colitis

Alan Shain, PhD

Alan Shain, PhD

The genetic evolution of uveal melanoma

Rizwan Haq, MD, PhD

Rizwan Haq, MD, PhD

Targeting genomic mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy

Joseph Barbi, PhD

Joseph Barbi, PhD

Exploring neuritin-mediated immune suppression to improve melanoma therapy

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