Publishing research reports

TIB collects German research reports from the realms of science and technology as comprehensively as possible. We act as a repository library for research reports for various ministries and research-promoting institutions, including the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). TIB's collections currently comprise some 295,000 printed final reports and around 99,000 electronic final reports (as of: January 2021).

What are research reports?

Research reports are publications containing the results, state or progress of research projects; they are not available through booksellers. They are created by both university and non-university research facilities as well as by companies. They are commissioned or funded by governmental bodies (ministries, specialist authorities), international organisations (such as the European Union, suborganisations of the United Nations), institutions for the promotion of research and companies. Research reports may provide information about the results of a single project or the results of a joint research project involving several institutions.

Would you like to publish a final report?

TIB acts as the repository library for final reports of BMBF-funded projects, and makes these reports available to the relevant public. According to the auxiliary provisions for BMBF grants on an expenditure basis for project funding (NABF)  for projects starting after 18 April 2018, or BNBest-BMBF 98 for older projects, grant recipients must provide TIB a free, printed copy of the final report, in addition to a version saved on an electronic storage medium (alternatively upload under . 

Other ministries such as BMWi, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety  (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) have adopted the Ancillary Provisions of BMBF for certain funding areas. Research reports that are classified internal, confidential or secret are not published, and are therefore not included in libraries' collections.

The following guidelines (link) should be observed when delivering final reports to TIB. Please also note reports will become freely accessible once they have been included in the library's collections. If the report (or parts of it) are to remain confidential, please discuss which procedure to take with the competent executing agency. Two options are available:

  1. You send us a version of the report that does NOT contain the confidential parts.
  2. You send us the full report after it has been declassified.


  • Guidelines (PDF) on presenting final reports to TIB (in German)
  • You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions in our video (in German).

Would you like to obtain a certain research report?

All research reports can be found in the TIB Portal: electronic reports are freely accessible, printed versions can be ordered online. More


TIB has also a very large stock of  international research reports.


Dr.-Ing. Elzbieta Gabrys-Deutscher