Senior academics from Imperial college and TUM

Data and its application in science, technology, medicine and business


This call is now closed.  The deadline to apply was 15 November 2020.  We expect to launch another call in September 2021.

Application Form

Guidance Document

The Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund will not run in 2021-22, and we are instead encouraging PIs interested in seeding collaborations with TUM to apply to Imperial's European Partners Fund.

Please review the European Partners Fund call document, and apply by 12 noon on 4th of November 2021 using the application form.  We anticipate the fund running again in spring, in coordination with TUM's Global Incentive Fund call.

To date the Imperial-TUM Collaboration Fund and the TUM Global Incentives Fund have seeded 54 collaborations between TUM and Imperial PIs.


The College recognises that collaborative activities with European colleagues enable cross-border pooling of research capabilities and sharing of expertise and facilities, the opportunity to appreciate different perspectives, outputs that are typically more highly cited, as well as access to new environments for impact and exploitation of research outcomes.

TUM Collaboration Fund

To support collaborative endeavours, the College has recently been awarded funding from Research England as part of the International Investment Initiative (“I3”). The award provides seed funding to build research capacity under the overarching theme of “Data 4.0 – Leading the fourth industrial revolution with data-driven technologies”.

This Imperial-TUM collaboration fund is part of Imperial’s larger institutional partnership with TUM.  Annual calls will support collaborations that fall within the theme of data and its application in science, technology, medicine and business.

The goal is for these collaborations to support Imperial academics to initiate and pursue collaborations with TUM colleagues and ideally to lead to new science and to future applications for external funding.

Proposals to support existing partnerships should clearly state how this fund would add value to the relationship and funding that is already in place. Bids can align with TUM’s Global Incentive Seed Fund, and applicants are welcome to apply with the same or very similar project to both funds (only once per fund), with justification

N.B – The remit/theme of Research England’s I3 is specifically on data and its application in science, technology, medicine and business. Applicants that fall out of this remit are eligible to apply to work with TUM via the College’s European Partners Fund, but should that fund be closed, applicants are instead encouraged to apply to TUM’s Global Incentives Fund.

Review the call guidance and download an application here.  

The deadline for applications was 15 November 2020.  This call is now closed.