Cal State L.A. and San Jose State received $9.6 million to conduct NASA-related research and education to help train a new generation of scientists and engineers.

The two CSUs were among 10 minority serving universities selected by NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project to receive the awards.

Cal State L.A.’s $5 million grant will establish a Data Intensive Research and Education Center in STEM to create academic and research opportunities in critical science, technology, engineering and math fields for students from underserved communities.

Associate Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science Sen Chiao is principal investigator on San Jose State’s $4.6 million grant, which will support the creation of a Center for Applied Atmospheric Research Education at SJSU.

Award recipients were selected from 76 proposals after a rigorous peer review by education and technical experts. Each university will receive as much as $1 million per year for a maximum of five years based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance.