Exploration. An Indo-German Partnership

At the end of 2020, a major new international partnership project kicked off: With Exploration. An Indo-German Partnership (IGP), a project funded by the DAAD and the Indian University Grants Commission, TUM and the two Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay and Kharagpur join forces to push forward research in the highly topical fields of climate, environment, energy, mobility, and transportation.

TUM has maintained close partnerships with IIT Bombay (IITB) and IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP) for almost 20 years. As part of the IGP project Exploration and under the leadership of Prof. Miranda Schreurs for the areas of climate, environment, and energy and Prof. Constantinos Antoniou for the topics of mobility and transportation, new and sustainable formats for different institutional spheres are being developed.

The aim is not only to intensify the institutional exchange between the researchers and scientists of the three institutions, but also to open up new opportunities for interaction in the future, especially for their young talents and administrative staff.

Climate, Environment, and Energy

Germany and India have much to share and learn from each other when it comes to sustainable development. Whether it is dealing with challenges related to water – floods as well as droughts – climate change, biodiversity loss, or plastic waste, to increase impact through cooperation is large. Cooperation between TUM, IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur in the fields of Environment, Energy and Climate Change seeks to bring together faculty and students who want to make a difference by contributing to social, political and technological solutions. A particular focus will be placed on climate change and water management from a socio-political-technical perspective. Initial cooperation has resulted in guest lectures and student video projects.

Call for applications: IGP Winter School 2023 in India – Localizing climate action: water, energy and climate policies in India

After the huge success of the very first IGP Winter School in Mumbai and Kerala in 2022, we are pleased to announce that under the leadership of Prof. Miranda Schreurs (TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology) and Prof. NC Nayaranan (Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies, IIT Bombay) a second IGP Winter School will take place in India again this year. TUM Master's students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines can now apply to participate in the IGP Winter School 2023.

All information about the IGP Winter School 2023:
Topic: Localizing climate action: water, energy and climate policies in India
Travel dates: December 13-23, 2023
Application requirement: TUM Master's students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines
Program components: 

  • Compulsory online lectures to prepare for the stay in India prior to the trip.
  • Lectures by distinguished scientists at IIT Bombay 
  • Scientific exchange and project work with Indian students and doctoral candidates
  • Field research probably in the region of Kerala
  • Successful applicants will receive an IGP Mobility Grant to support their travel and accommodation costs.
  • For Winter School, program participants may receive up to 3 ECTS in consultation with their course supervisor(s).

How to apply:
Send your updated CV, current academic transcript, and a one-page motivation letter explaining in English how you will benefit from this Winter School in your field of study.
Send the above documents in one pdf-document to igp@tum.de by the application deadline on September 17, 2023.

Applicants will be informed about the outcome in October.

We thank DAAD and the Indian University Grants Commission for their financial support of this great initiative.

Mobility and Transportation

Germany and India have complementary expertise in the area of mobility and transportation, which they also strive to use effectively to further strengthen their institutions' leading role in this field. One example demonstrating such close cooperation in higher education is the Indo-German Collaborative Research Center on Intelligent Transportation Systems, which was founded in 2018 by TUM and IIT Kharagpur. Within the IGP research group on Mobility and Transportation, this cooperation is being extended to also include IIT Bombay. The initiative brings together German and Indian students and researchers from all three universities to jointly develop novel ideas and address significant issues, such as anticipating emerging mobility solutions, safety verification for cooperative, connected and automated vehicles, and energy use reduction in relation to transportation.

Intelligent Transportation: Bengal to Bavaria – IGP leads as guests on the TUM IL3 podcast

In the fifth episode of the TUM Global series, Prof. Antoniou from TUM and Prof. Mukhopadhyay from IIT Kharagpur were guests on the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast to provide expert insights into the field of intelligent transportation systems. Among other things, they introduced the Indo-German Collaborative Research Center on Intelligent Transportation Systems, which was jointly established in 2018, and explained how the combination of Indian and German expertise can help achieve better and more sustainable transport systems.

Listen to Intelligent Transportation: Bengal to Bavaria on Spotify

Funding opportunities within the framework of Exploration

Due to current travel restrictions, IGP funding opportunities will not be available until 2022. Information about calls for proposals will be announced on this website. We would be happy to add you to our e-mail distribution list for IGP funding programs. To do so, please send an e-mail to igp@tum.de.


Our IGP project is designed to explore new synergy potentials in Indo-German academic collaboration. These will be further developed during Exploratory Research Workshops and reciprocal research visits. At an annual TUMxIIT Research Forum, the IGP research groups will present and discuss their scientific findings and strengthen the dialogue with external stakeholders. 
TUMxIndia Research Mobility Grants as well as TUMxIndia Exploration Grants support the IGP projects of senior researchers and postdocs.

Young talents

For master's students and doctoral candidates, the IGP project will create new spaces for exploration: Through various initiatives such as thematic conferences or competitions, young talents will strengthen their scientific competencies and build their own networks in an international environment. Travel grants – available from 2022 – will help the young scientists to actively participate in the current research activities of the IGP groups and will support their participation in field trips or other thematically relevant short research stays.

Administrative staff

MUSE – Mumbai/Munich Staff Exchange: This staff exchange program, developed specifically for the IGP project Exploration, is designed to further advance the internationalization of university administration which is firmly anchored in the TUM Agenda 2030. MUSE will create valuable opportunities for administrators from the three partners to exchange and build their international competencies and share best practices on institutional internationalization, inclusion, and governance issues. MUSE will launch in fall 2023.

Road to Exploration. An Indo-German Partnership

With a representation in India starting in 2011 and the opening of a liaison office in Mumbai in 2014, TUM intensified its efforts to expand its relationships with Indian universities and research institutions in the country. 

Of our nine Indian partners, IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur are among the oldest. TUM signed its first partnership agreement with IIT Bombay back in 2003. Since then, a successful student exchange and a number of research collaborations have been established, mainly in the fields of hydrology, media technology, climate and environmental policy, automatic control and management.

The partnership with TUM's top publishing partner in India, IIT Kharagpur, dates back to 2004. Particularly intensive research cooperation exists in electrical engineering, information technology, and engineering sciences. On June 19, 2018, TUM and IIT Kharagpur also sealed the establishment of a joint Indo-German Collaborative Research Center on Intelligent Transportation Systems  on the campus of IIT Kharagpur. The center will serve as a platform for German and Indian scientists and industry in the field of transportation research.

Following completion of the first program phase from 2016 to 2020, Germany and India extended the Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education Programme (IGP) for a further four years at the end of 2019. Together, India and Germany are investing seven million euros in projects designed to strengthen existing academic ties and create new opportunities in Indo-German academic cooperation.

With its 2020 concept Exploration. New Opportunities in Indo-German Academic Cooperation, TUM was among a small group of successful applicants.

With the help of funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Indian University Grants Commission (UGC), the three successful IGP project partners TUM, IIT Bombay, and IIT Kharagpur will join forces to expand research collaborations in the areas of climate, environment, energy, and mobility and transportation, addressing entrepreneurial and innovative dimensions.

The Kick-off Workshop for Exploration was held virtually on November 25, 2020 due to travel restrictions. The project leaders of all three partners Prof. Constantinos Antoniou and Prof. Miranda Schreurs, Prof. Swati Patankar and Prof. Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay gave brief overviews of their respective research priorities.

High-ranking representatives of the partner universities and the DAAD were also present:

  • Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, TUM Senior Vice President (International Alliances & Alumni).
  • Prof. S. Sudarshan, IIT Bombay Deputy Director - Academic and Infrastructural Affairs 
  • Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya IIT Kharagpur Dean International Relations
  • Katja Lasch, Director of the DAAD New Delhi

After the presentations, the 65 participating scientists met in two virtual workshops: Here, possible cooperation formats on the topics of climate, environment and energy as well as mobility and transportation were concretized and initial joint research agendas were formulated.

On December 17, 2021, an online research forum on the topic Climate policy & action: national and local dimensions in Germany and India with experts from TUM, IIT Bombay, and other renowned research institutes was held as part of the IGP program.

The event highlighted current actions, implementation challenges, and future opportunities for research collaboration. Students from TUM and IIT Bombay presented their current projects at the forum.

Download the TUM x IITB Research Forum Agenda