Research reports

Research reports are publications containing the results, current status or progress of research projects; they are not available through booksellers. They are produced by both university and non-university research facilities as well as by companies. They are commissioned or funded by governmental agencies (ministries, sector agencies), international organisations (e.g. the European Union, UN subsidiary organisations), institutions involved in research funding, and companies.

TIB collects German research reports from the realms of science and technology as comprehensively as possible. We act as a depository library for research reports for various ministries and research-promoting institutions, including the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). TIB's collections currently comprise some 306,000 printed final reports and around 109,000 electronic final reports (as of: January 2023).

For more information on German research reports in our library, see the article (in German):

Gabrys-Deutscher, E., & Lütjen, A. (2022). Deutsche Forschungsberichte – eine Sonderform Grauer Literatur in der Technischen Informationsbibliothek (TIB): Rückblick auf über ein halbes Jahrhundert Bestandsaufbau und Ausblick in die Zukunft. O-Bib. Das Offene Bibliotheksjournal / Herausgeber VDB, 9(1), 1–13.

How can you obtain a particular report?

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

Please contact us if you are unable to find the research report you are looking for.

Would you like to publish a final report?

You can find information about delivering final reports to TIB here


Dr.-Ing. Elzbieta Gabrys-Deutscher