Research projects

Our scientists lead many national and international research projects or are significantly involved in them. They have been awarded numerous prestigious grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF). We draw on our networks to bring researchers together, whether in Germany, Europe or around the world.

The interdisciplinary research projects are a central component of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder. We are involved in four Clusters of Excellence.

Clusters of Excellence

Our top researchers and young talented minds work closely together here on an interdisciplinary basis to open up new, creative research areas.

Innovation Networks

Learn more about projects in the areas of:

Cutting-edge European research

Within Europe, we work closely with our partners on pioneering research projects. Every year, our outstanding scientists are awarded prestigious ERC Grants from the European Research Council. We are also involved in five Knowledge and Innovation Communities, or KICs for short.

Strong in research within Germany

Our researchers coordinate numerous Collaborative Research Centers and other DFG projects.

Munich Research Consortia

The large pool of knowledge and expertise in the greater Munich area creates many opportunities for research consortia across institutional boundaries. Especially in the fields of quantum technology, bioengineering and AI, TUM contributes its excellence to research collaborations throughout Munich.

International network

In numerous places around the world, our researchers make key contributions in well-funded research consortia. As a university, we are thereby strengthening the cohesion and exchange between different nations on a scientific level.

TUM Global

TUM maintains a worldwide network of strategic alliances and partnerships, through which all members can play an active role in shaping the internationalization of our university and carry out research, teaching activities and work together.

This interdisciplinary research platform of our university is located at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) in Singapur. Together with partner universities, public institutions and companies, we are working on developing forward-looking technologies in various areas including protein research, medical diagnostics, mobility and energy.


As a top technical university, we believe it is our responsibility to use our skills to improve the economic, social and ecological conditions in developing countries on a sustainable basis. A key focal point here is our close cooperation with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana as part of our TUM Africa initiative.

Numerous students are also involved in international projects and are seeking to exchange knowledge and experiences with global partners and other universities. The mobility of the future represents a key focus of this work.

Selection of international student projects in the field of “mobility”:

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All of the university's cooperation and funding opportunities in the field of research as well as the corresponding contact partners can also be found on the following pages: