Research Center

Committed to the science of melanoma.

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. To this end, 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). Specific research efforts include:

Research Grants: a competitive, peer-reviewed research grant program for investigator-initiated research has been in existence since 1998.  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. Learn more about the research grant program, available RFPs, our funded researchers and supported institutions.

Scientific Initiatives: responding to needs in the field, the MRF has spearheaded several scientific initiatives including: the creation of CURE Ocular Melanoma (CURE OM) to accelerate research and treatments focused on the most common malignant tumor of the eye and the MRF Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) to foster multi-institutional translational research; initiatives that focus on pediatric and mucosal melanoma, and the conduct of various scientific meetings. The MRF also fosters partnerships with several organizations to advance these initiatives.

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, advocating for legislative issues, or learn about the grant review process. Consider getting involved today!

Learn more today about any of the MRF programs or our Scientific Leaders.