About us

TUM funds knowledge-oriented basic research as well as applied research geared at specific problems. Both of these research directions complement one another and both shape the transfer of knowledge and technology into society – by cooperating with industry. TUM currently concludes over a thousand research contracts annually with partners in science and business. Functional Unit 4 – TUM ForTe, the Office for Research and Innovation – is the first point of contact and the central coordinating body for any form of cooperation between the business and research sectors.

Federal and state funding and funding from European Union and business sector coffers play a crucial role in many scientific sectors today. Without it, many university-based research projects would not be possible. TUM is one of Germany’s leading fundraising partners.

In many areas, the basic research conducted at TUM leads to the next step, applied research, and often in cooperation with businesses. In the process, the interests of inventors and researchers are protected through intellectual property rights and patents.

Our team for cooperation between the business and research sectors provides assistance to scientists and scholars at TUM in gearing their research projects with outside research or business partners toward the university’s strategic development goals. We also act as a point of contact between scientists and scholars at TUM, businesses, universities and non-university research facilities. In addition, we organize sector and topic-specific research workshops for TUM scientists and scholars and external research partners.

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TUM ForTe - Office for Research and Innovation
Technical University of Munich
Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich

Phone: +49 89 289 25236; Fax: +49 89 289 28381