BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University and two other institutions have been awarded a $5 million grant to develop a way for researchers to more easily combine resources for collaborative research and gain access to data, supercomputers, telescopes and electron microscopes.

The National Science Foundation awarded the five-year grant to develop the Science Gateway Platform to IU, the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As the lead institution, IU will receive approximately $2.5 million.

IU associate research technology dean Craig Stewart says the funding will enable the partners to advance the development of science gateways that are critical to U.S. research.

IU will use grant funding for salaries and graduate assistantships. The remaining money will be divided among partner institutions to integrate existing gateways.