TUM Global Incentive Fund

The TUM Global Incentive Fund supports the initiation and deepening of international relationships worldwide and in particular with selected partner universities, such as the three flagship partners Imperial College London, Tsinghua University, and The University of Queensland, as well as the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, Aalto University in Finland, Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) in Italy and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil.

Funding lines

Global Horizons Engagement

Developing and expanding of international relationships worldwide, without regional limitations. As part of the TUM Global South Initiative, TUM puts a special focus on fostering collaborations and activities in the following countries:  

  • Latin America: Brazil and Peru  
  • Africa: Ghana and South Africa  
  • Southeast Asia: Indonesia and India 

These activities can be supported by our global liaison offices, if applicable.

Cooperation with Brazil through the TUM Global Incentive Fund

For the 3rd time, joint research projects with Brazilian partners from the state of São Paulo can be co-funded for our first call for proposals 2024, through the TUM Global Incentive Fund and the funding agency FAPESP. 

The usual TUM Global Incentive Fund application process can be used to apply. The application will be submitted under the "Strategic Partnership Engagement" funding line.

Partners in São Paulo must submit an application according to the SPRINT guidelines. Details about the call

Eligibility requirements

  • All TUM professors and all TUM Junior Fellows are eligible to apply.
  • The main partner must be an international higher education institution or an international research institution linked to an international higher education institution. Exceptions may be granted in individual cases based on scientific relevance. 
  • Maximum available budget: 10.000,00 € per project.

Eligible activities within the framework of TUM Global Incentive Fund

  • Meetings/visits in preparation of joint projects (e.g. preparation of a joint application for third-party funding)
  • Development of project specific virtual cooperation formats
  • Networking events such as international workshops and seminars to bring together researchers to strengthen existing collaborations and foster new links
  • Collaborative day or week-long events involving staff and students from both institutions to explore new ideas for cooperations
  • Development of joint research-oriented courses at postgraduate level (including MOOCs)

  • Travel grants and accommodation also for cooperation partner. Please note: subsistence is only eligible for TUM-employees
  • Development costs of project specific virtual cooperation formats
  • Workshop costs (room rent, workshop material, etc.). Please note: entertainment costs or catering cannot be reimbursed
  • Salary for TUM-contracted research assistance & student assistance
  • Honorarium for keynotes/public lectures

  • Potential for development of innovative collaborations in teaching, research and/or entrepreneurship
  • Potential for intensifying the exchange of students, young scientists and researchers as well as added value for TUM students and young researchers/scientists
  • Goals and feasibility of project
  • Reputation of the cooperation partners; quality of existing cooperation (if applicable)
  • Complementarity of cooperation partners
  • Commitment of partner e.g. co-funding, in-kind, statement of collaboration intent, etc.
  • Quality of already existing cooperation (if applicable)
  • Sustainability of proposed activities; action points for extension of cooperation; potential identification of follow-up funding
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of proposed project/activity
  • Agreement with internationalization goals of department, institute, integrative research center etc.
  • Potential for integration of the regional TUM liaison offices into project activities (if applicable)

Application process

  • Please apply via this online form (you might first need to register on the portal before accessing the form).The form for the first call for applications 2024 will be open on November 1st, 2023.
  • Registration on the portal and the upload of documents can be done by any staff of the applying TUM chair, provided that the applying TUM Professor or TUM Junior Fellow knows and is willing to take responsibility for the project. 

Required information & documents

  • You will need to provide information related to your partner, the importance of the project, your planned activities and budget.
  • You will also need to submit a written statement of support for the project from your cooperation partner (template available in the download section).