FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

We are many things at once. We're one of the largest organizations in the Leibniz Association, a union of leading German research institutes and also a member of the German Mittelstand. As an organization with a public mandate, we pride ourselves on our neutrality and reliability. Yet we also boast the professionalism of a service provider that has been successfully competing in international markets for many decades.

Our Profile

FIZ Karlsruhe is a private company and a recognized organization of public interest. The majority of our expenditures are covered by revenues generated in international markets – some 78% in 2016, an extremely high "self-financing rate". The remainder is funded by the German federal government and the German states. We have some 313 employees at three locations in Germany and at one location in the US. Our headquarters is in Karlsruhe.


We understand "information infrastructure" to mean all content, technology, methods, processes, and associated services needed to generate, share, and preserve knowledge. With the digitization of the sciences, the importance of information infrastructure as an enabler of research has grown immensely.


With our activities, we are making crucial contributions to improving the information infrastructure available to researchers: We provide valuable information to researchers both in academia and in the private sector. To this end, we curate and index a large volume of patent and research data from various sources, and we develop and operate various innovative services and e-research solutions. Last but not least, we provide guidance to our customers, helping them to use our services both capably and efficiently.


With STN International, our flagship service, we serve international market leaders in the pharmaceutical and chemicals industries, large patent offices, and research institutes. Yet we are one of the largest institutions of this kind.


Out highest priority is the quality of our services. Accordingly, we are engaged in various projects to keep our services at the cutting edge. This includes research into new techniques for text mining and semantic analysis.

Our Mission

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure GmbH was founded in 1977 by the German Federal Government and the Federal States as a scientific information center. Today it is the largest non-academic information infrastructure institution of its kind in Germany, with the German Federal Government and the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg holding the majority of shares.


FIZ Karlsruhe’s tasks have considerably changed over time and its public mission statement has been adapted accordingly:


 “…to provide scientific information to researchers and scientists, to develop appropriate products and services for a scientific information infrastructure, and to make them available to the public. To this end FIZ Karlsruhe also carries out research and development on its own initiative. The aim is to strengthen the transfer of knowledge in Germany and abroad and to support the promotion of innovation as well as the collaboration in science and research.“ (Articles of Association, July 2017, Art. 2, clause 1)

Executive Bodies & Boards
Executive Bodies & Boards

Our Mission Statement:

Advancing Science


Our mission is to promote the further development of the sciences.

We act as a service provider and partner to researchers, to provide the tools and conditions needed to pose cutting-edge research questions, and undertake innovative research endeavors.


Learn more about Advancing Science

Company History
Company History
Leibniz Association
Leibniz Association

Member of the Leibniz Association

FIZ Karlsruhe is one of  the 93 institutes of the Leibniz Association. All of these institutes, no matter what their discipline, adhere to the motto coined by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716):


Theoria cum praxi: science for the benefit of mankind.

We foster knowledge: We index quality information and provide scientists and researchers with scientific information and services.

Facts & Figures

Founding year: 1977

Annual budget (2016): 47,5 million EUR

Staff (2016): 313

Own revenues (2016): about 78%

President & CEO: Sabine Brünger-Weilandt