Fair at Day of Development Programs "TUM without borders", November 2015. (Image: TUM/Heddergott)
Fair at Day of Development Programs "TUM without borders", November 2015. (Image: TUM/Heddergott)

TUM Without Borders – Taking Action Worldwide

Many TUM researchers are concerned with global issues and make wide-ranging contributions to sustainable development cooperation. This allows university lecturers to combine academic teaching with social involvement, and it promotes research in different geographic settings. There are various options for getting involved, from the construction of an innovative school auditorium in Tanzania to large projects supported by the EU.

Working Committee for Development Cooperation

The Arbeitskreis Entwicklungszusammenarbeit is a discussion forum aimed at all committed students, research assistants and professors who are in need of or interested in discussing and acquiring information about topics related to development cooperation. The forum was founded in 2010 in order to provide a platform for students and academic teaching staff to learn about projects, obtain relevant information and exchange their own experiences.

Projects and initiatives

TUM researchers are keen to apply their research results to solving problems in emerging and developing countries and to make a successful and sustainable contribution to improving teaching, research and knowledge transfer on a variety of key topics in developing countries with their projects. TUM researchers are carrying out and participating in a variety of projects around the globe. Please find a list of the varied activities at TUM in the field of development cooperation, sorted by TUM department, here.

TUM grants

The International Center allows you to apply for financial support for travel expenses incurred in connection with academic activities in developing countries. Funding is available both for travel expenses of TUM staff and students wishing to travel to developing countries for academic purposes with the express support of their Chairs.

University grant programs

A number of organizations provide funding for university and research alliances with emerging and developing countries. Please find an overview of relevant programs here:


The DAAD offers a wide variety of programs specifically supporting cooperations with developing countries.

DFG grant programs

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports research projects executed by German scientists in collaboration with scientists from developing countries within the scope of its program entitled “Kooperation mit Entwicklungsländern” (Cooperation with Developing Countries).

Fiat Panis Foundation

The Fiat Panis Foundation supports the generation and application of knowledge in order to reduce hunger and poverty around the world. Applications for research projects can be submitted by professors, heads of institutions, supervisors of doctoral candidates, etc. Project proposals must be highly application-oriented.

Förderdatenbank des Bundes

The Förderdatenbank des Bundes (only available in German) gives an overview about all EU funding programs.

International Bureau

The International Bureau uses the funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to try out, prepare and expand international cooperations between German universities, institutions outside the university system and companies.

Grant programs of the Volkswagen Foundation

The Volkswagen Foundation supports cooperations with developing countries. Support is also available for workshops, symposia and summer schools.