Call for Proposals


TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) 


Proposals for multi-disciplinary research on

Ethics and the responsible use of AI

The TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) invites multi-disciplinary research proposals that involve concrete and practical solutions for issues related to ethics and the responsible use of AI.


All proposed research must involve:

  • A multi-disciplinary approach. The project must include at least two principle investigators from both (1) medical, humanities or social science disciplines and (2) another discipline or sector that can contribute to the technical/applied knowledge as well as requirements related to the research. Alternatively, proposed projects can connect to or build off an existing project at TUM in a technical field.
  • A practical application with concrete outcomes. In particular, proposals must contribute to broader conversations/concerns, pursuing research that can help provide tangible frameworks, methodologies, approaches or applications to help advise AI developers and practitioners on best practices. This includes, but is not limited to, policy and technical recommendations that are practical, action-oriented and/or provide tangible frameworks, methodologies, algorithmic approaches, or checklists to advise, as well as position, the actions and decisions of AI developers and practitioners in industry, government and academia.

Competitive research proposals will engage with applied stakeholders and current debates as documented in national and international ethics reports and journals. Funded teams are expected to participate in expert groups and other forums to ensure that its research priorities are up to date and relevant to the current needs of society.

We encourage in particular competitive research proposals that include external partners or TUM institutions that have matching funding.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The IEAI will fund two types of research (please indicate which you are applying for)

  • Seed Funding (2-4 projects awarded) – maximum period 12 months, maximum budget €50,000*
  • Major Project Funding (up to 3 projects awarded) – maximum period 36 months, maximum budget €300,000* (not to exceed €100,000 per year)

Only complete applications, submitted within the deadline, will be accepted. All applications must be in English and submitted as a PDF via email to:

Each page of the application should use A4 size, with no less than 2 cm margins on all sides, with a font size no less than 11 pt. Proposals may be single-spaced.

The TUM Principal Investigators (PIs) must have the status of professor or research group leader equivalent.

*note: budget totals should include ALL PIs/Departments who are requesting funding.

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