CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Medical University of South Carolina has received a $3 million federal grant to establish a new type of drug research center.

The four-year National Institutes of Health grant is to be used to set up a translational research in addition center, or TRAC, that will study the neurobiology of methamphetamine dependence.

The TRAC is the first of its kind, the university said. It was selected based on a competitive program launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The center’s research is designed to fill a gap between preclinical science and clinical research. Ronald See, a neurosciences professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, will direct the program.