West Virginia’s two largest universities are coming together to support collaborative research and healthcare projects addressing the Mountain State’s health issues.

West Virginia University and Marshall University have each pledged $250,000 annually for a three-year combined effort to support innovative clinical projects and translational research that will ultimately help faculty members at both schools better serve West Virginia patients and communities, and attract future external funding.

The program will accept applications for awards of up to $50,000 for initiatives that include project leaders from both WVU and Marshall.