4 Mississippi universities share $20M federal science grant

September 18, 2018 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The National Science Foundation is giving four Mississippi universities $20 million over five years to study electronic devices that create, detect and control light.

Mississippi State University will administer the grant, while the University of Southern Mississippi will lead the science work. Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi will also be part of the group.

The grant is being awarded through a federal program that’s meant to help universities become more competitive in research.

The effort will focus on organic semiconductors, which could have uses in electronics and biomedicine. The center will support institutions working together on research and set up common instrumentation.

Officials say they hope progress could help existing Mississippi companies and attract new industries.