TUM Brussels

Since 2012, TUM has maintained a Liaison Office in the EU capital. The main objectives of TUM Brussels are related to the European research, education and innovation agenda.

  • Facilitating and consolidating TUM participation in EU funding programs and initiatives, especially as coordinating institution
  • Intelligence and knowledge brokering: on-site cooperation with EU institutions and key stakeholders
  • Raising TUM's profile on EU and European level, including joint initiatives with Alliance partners
  • Strengthening collaboration: with the EuroTech partners and other European stakeholders
  • Facilitating access: local support for visits and meetings in Brussels for TUM researchers and staff

The Liaison Officer in Brussels works closely together with the EU office of TUM ForTe, the team of TUM Global & Alumni Office and, based on the topic, with the different departments and chairs of TUM. TUM Brussels is integrated in the Brussels Office of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, which officially opened in 2012.


  • Facilitation and support of EU research proposals with a EuroTech core consortium
  • Consulting of researchers and university administration on EU topics (e.g. Horizon Europe work program, policies, PPPs etc.)
  • Knowledge brokering and information management
  • Agenda setting
  • Logistical support in Brussels

TUM Brussels Insights

Horizon Europe

With the new year, the 8th European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, better known as Horizon 2020, officially came to an end. However, financial support will of course continue. TUM Brussels Liaison Officer Valerie Schegk introduces the successor Horizon Europe and highlights its special challenges in times of Corona.

The German EU presidency 2020

On July 1, Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union started under the motto ‘together for Europe’s recovery’.  It is the beginning of a trio presidency: Germany is followed by Portugal and then Slovenia. TUM Brussels Liaison Officer Valerie Schegk introduces the focus topics of the countries' joint agenda for the upcoming 18 months.


European Venture Programme

The European Venture Programme offers 20 young startups exclusive access to the entrepreneurship expertise and networking resources available at the four EuroTech Universities. The intensive 12-day programme (seven days beginning of summer, and five days end of summer) takes entrepreneurs on a journey to four different ecosystems, where a mix of thematic workshops, company visits and public pitching competitions will enable the startups to grow their business beyond borders. This unique opportunity, offered to five startups from each technical university (DTU, EPFL, TU/e and TUM), is funded by the four partner universities.

More info about the application process and the start of the next round of the Programme can be found on the website of the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

EuroTech PostDoc Programme

The EuroTechPostdoc Programme is a postdoctoral fellowship programme for young experienced researchers who have already demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of research. It provides its fellows exceptional international research and career development opportunities to promote their outstanding individual potential into a distinct, innovative and competitive profile of a researcher. The four universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance will grant 80 fellowships divided over two calls for experienced researchers.

Per call, each university grants ten fellowships for a 24-month period to collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects across the Alliance. Applicants may apply within one of the five focus research areas of the EuroTech Universities Alliance: Health & Bioengineering Smart & Urban Mobility Data Science & Engineering High Performance Computing Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Further information about the EuroTech PostDoc Programme and its application process