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Research at the Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities for research. One of Germany’s first Universities of Excellence, it achieves impressive scores in all international rankings. Its mission is to add value to society. Researchers at TUM believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the key to solving the major challenges of the future: Health & Nutrition ▪ Energy & Natural Resources ▪ Environment & Climate ▪ Information & Communications ▪ Mobility & Infrastructure.

"Welcome, future entrepreneurs!"

Portrait von SVP Prof. Thomas Hofmann

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation, on the meaning of top-level research for strong entrepreneurship: "The interdisciplinary force field between natural and engineering sciences, life sciences, and medicine as well as the economic sciences of our TUM creates a great deal of potential for founding technology-based startups and new options for people with an entrepreneurial bent."

The ESA satellite GOCE in orbit around earth.
The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Surveying played a major role in the ESA's "GOCE" satellite project.Image: ESA

13 Departments provide the springboard for our research activities. The latest research findings are incorporated directly into teaching curricula, so our students can look forward to a state-of-the-art education experience. TUM’s portfolio of subjects is unparalleled: From engineering and the natural sciences to the life sciences and medicine, not to mention business studies and ground-breaking research in education. Approximately 300 chairs are attached to 13 departments. Research at the TUM Departments

Examination of a rail in the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz neutron source research center
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz neutron source research center in Garching is a magnet for elite scientists from around the world.Image: Heddergott

Solving future challenges together. TUM has set up interdisciplinary Integrative Research Centers to bundle the expertise of its academic departments. The interfaces between different disciplines open up new research prospects for major challenges facing society - with solutions from natural sciences, medicine and engineering. Get to know these research hubs: our innovative Integrative Research Centers and the renowned Corporate Research Centers. TUM’s Research Centers

TUM has an excellent track record in research. Building on its success in the first round of Germany’s national and federal Excellence Initiative in 2006, TUM in 2012 again succeeded in the national competition. Excellence Initiative funding will support cutting-edge research at TUM. Excellence Initiative

  • Institutional strategy: The panel was particularly impressed with its the strategy wich positions TUM as an entrepreneurial university with an international outlook.
  • Research cluster: TUM leads an excellence cluster focussing on "Origin and Structure of the Universe".
  • Graduate school: The International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) offers an innovative interdisciplinary qualification program for doctoral candidates and Master's students.

Videos: Insights to Research

Playlist featuring selected film on research projects at TUM. Watch more videos about TUM's research in the official YouTube-Channel.

Der Roboter IURO mit großen Augen.
This little robot is called IURO. Programmed to interact with humans, it is part of an EU project at the chair of Automatic Control Engineering.Image: ACCREA Engineering

How does a robot fit into our world? Can it help us with daily tasks? How do plants regulate their fruit yield? How can magnetic vortices aid data processing? And how does our natural immune system work? These are just some of the questions inspiring numerous national and international research projects at TUM – including several German Research Foundation collaborative research initiatives and projects funded by generous ERC grants.
Research projects

The electric car MUTE is surrounded by journalists at the International Motor Show (IAA)
The electric car "MUTE" at the International Motor Show (IAA): TUM teamed up with industry partners like BMW and Siemens to launch the follow-up project “VisioM” in 2012.Image: Andreas Heddergott

By cooperating with industry partners, TUM has accelerated Bavaria’s transition from an agrarian state to one of the leading high-tech hubs in Europe. Technology transfer has a long history at TUM: The university has been cooperating with industry giants like Siemens and General Electric, BMW, Audi, Wacker, Linde and Clariant for several years. These companies are just some of the 19 TUM Partners of Excellence. TUM also maintains strong links with external research centers like the Max Planck Institutes and Deutsches Museum. Research partners

A student examines a spike in a wheat field
Bringing ideas to life: TUM has supported many successful research projects with third-party funding.Image: Ulli Benz

Many research projects would never get off the ground without external funding, whether from the EU, the German government and states or private enterprises. Competition for this funding is fierce, so the university supports its scientists at every stage of the application process. To achieve this, TUM has established the central “Office for Research and Innovation (HR 4)”. Research funding

Support for young scientists

Doctoral candidates pose in front of the Exzellenzzentrum building in Garching
On the cusp of their academic careers: Doctoral candidates at the 2009 inauguration of the TUM Graduate School in Garching.Image: Eckert

Our talent is our asset. TUM has invested millions in initiatives to help its young scientists kick-start their academic careers. The TUM Graduate School offers structured doctoral qualification programs. It is open to all doctoral candidate. And for postdocs, the university is on hand to offer career advice, support and much more.