We have achieved so much already. Meet the individuals who are making the most of their potential at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) thanks to our sponsors. And learn more about the projects we have been able to get off the ground at TUM with the support of private donors, foundations and socially engaged companies.
Grants for outstanding postdocs from around the world: The postdoctoral period is often the most productive phase of an academic’s career. That is why TUM offers talented postdocs the support of a one-year grant financed from the income of the TUM University Foundation. And our support does not end there. We not only help these young academics to advance their own research, but also to set up their own work groups and apply for external funding. In this way, the fellowship can turn into a long-term research position.
A center of excellence for multiple sclerosis (MS): MS patients stand to gain the most from TUM’s novel research center. Here, physicians will work alongside scientists to further basic research so that their findings can be fast-tracked into treatments for this disease that continues to elude a cure. The construction project was made possible by a donation from the Klaus Tschira Foundation – the largest ever received by the university. Press release
Good grades are just half the story: TUM awards the “Germany Scholarship” (Deutschlandstipendium) to dedicated young scientists who have achieved excellence far beyond their studies. They might have overcome difficult hurdles in their own personal lives, showed strong engagement in supporting others or cared at a young age for their own families. Every year, TUM provides financial support to over 600 such students from all backgrounds. Half of the funds are donated by companies, foundations and private individuals and the other half comes from the federal government. Deutschlandstipendium at TUM
TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach: Far from everyday university life, in the former Cistercian abbey of Raitenhaslach, researchers from different disciplines work alongside each other and look to engage in dialog with stakeholders from business and politics as well as with representatives from society at large. Following extensive renovation work, the abbey has now been brought back to life again – thanks in part to the contribution from Ingeborg Pohl. Her endowment encourages women students and scientists in particular to attend events at the TUM Science and Study Center. Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach
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A unique infrastructure for start-ups: TUM incubates around 70 companies every year. This creative start-up community transfers scientific and research innovations to the business world. We offer a complete support package to our researchers and students, ranging from advice on the best business model and management training through go-to-market preparations and prototype building to actual applications for funding. A key role is played by UnternehmerTUM GmbH, TUM’s center for innovation and business creation, which was founded and funded by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. Entrepreneurship at TUM
Time well-spent: There are many examples of intergenerational support at TUM, including alumni sharing their life experience with students, doctoral candidates networking with international scientists, and students giving course advice to school pupils. Investing time and passing on experience is another excellent way of fostering talent. TUM mentoring programs
Discovery and understanding: Children and young people will soon be able to carry out experiments at the Berchtesgaden Teaching and Research Station. The idea is to give children a chance to observe nature first hand, allowing them to deepen and develop their understanding and skills, supported by TUM’s education researchers. The latter are exploring new paths in the teaching of natural sciences and validating them scientifically. The TUM University Foundation is funding the new building, which will also include facilities for climate research, in a model that is unique in Germany.
Support for families: TUM’s childcare facilities in Munich, Garching and Weihenstephan provide an extra magnetic pull for researchers and students with young families. The services at our three largest campuses currently include childcare centers, day nurseries and holiday supervision for school-going children. Generous donations have allowed us to build these excellent facilities for the children of our students and staff. Childcare at TUM