The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is a leading Research Centre in Greece and in the EU. It is a legal entity governed by private law with non-profit status, supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) of the Greek Ministry of Development & Investments.
Climate change, sustainable energy, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, Internet of Things, holistic approaches to healthcare and nutrition, autonomous vehicles smart cities of the future and circular economy, are the primal fields around which CERTH’s five (5) institutes are organized. Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute – CPERI, Information Technologies Institute – ITI, Hellenic Institute of Transport – HIT, Institute of Applied Biosciences – INAB, and Bio-economy and Agro-Technology Institute – IBO, bring together more than 1100 people (engineers and scientists in their majority), in 6 regions and 7 cities.
CERTH combines its unique research facilities and high qualified research personnel, to transform scientific knowledge into innovative technological applications, aiming to strength the national economy and respond to the needs of society at national and international level.
CERTH is essentially a self-supported Research Centre generating an average annual turnover of ~ € 40 Million (average of the last three years) coming from: bilateral industrial research contracts at 14%, competitive research projects at 74% and government institutional funding at 12%. It is one of the top research and development employers for highly qualified personnel in the region of Northern Greece, as more than 1100 people work at CERTH with the majority being engineers and scientists.
CERTH has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the European Descartes Prize, the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, Microsoft International Contest Prize, the Trading Agents Competition Award and many more. It is currently ranked in the 15th position among the EU Research Centers in terms of H2020 Net EU Contribution. More specifically, CERTH is ranked 1st in Greece and 14th among the distinguished European research Centers. At the same time the research centre demonstrates unique ability to innovate, as evidenced by its numerous bilateral contracts with the industry. It is the same ability that is reflected on the significant economic activity of its 17 spin-off companies.