Four Florida universities are proposed to become centers of excellence.
Florida State University is one of the schools set to receive between $5 million and $10 million to create a center on campus dedicated to converting energy research into new jobs.
Other schools on the list include the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, and Florida Atlantic University.
"The leadership of the state understand that the future of the state is in the high-tech area. Our public universities are well situated to be competitive and to make strong contributions to the Florida economy," said Mark Rosenberg, Chancellor of Florida's State University system.
Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors is set to make a final approval of the new centers.