NASA has selected 15 university-led proposals, including one from the University of California, San Diego, for the study of early-stage space technology innovations, awarding as much as $500,000 each.

The awards are from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program and address unique, disruptive or transformational technologies. The universities have been given two to three years to work on their proposed research and development projects, according to a news release.

UCSD’s proposal addresses “integrated photonics for adaptive discrete multi-carrier space-based optical communication and ranging.”

UC Santa Barbara was the only other California school on the list. The goal of the Space Technology Research Grants Program is to develop space technologies for future systems capabilities and missions for NASA, other government entities and the commercial space sector.