Marshall and West Virginia universities have partnered to support health-related research projects through a new grant program. Each university has pledged $250,000 a year for three years, which will eventually total $1.5 million.

The grant program, which was announced in August, is designed to support research to “better serve West Virginians,” and to attract future funding from outside sources, according to a Wednesday press release.

Nine projects have been selected from the two schools to receive funds. Research topics include early memory loss, long-term effects of e-cigarette vapor, and lung cancer drug resistance. Each of the projects boasts faculty from both universities. The largest amount any one project received from the program was $50,000.