CERTH - Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas
The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), founded in 2000, is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country. CERTH has important scientific and technological achievements in many areas including: Energy, Environment, Industry, Mechatronics, Information & Communication, Transportation & Sustainable Mobility, Health, Agro-biotechnology, Smart farming, Safety & Security, as well as several cross- disciplinary scientific areas. Today CERTH consists of the following five institutes: (a) Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), (b) Information Technologies Institute (ITI), (c) Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), (d) Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), and (e) Institute of Bio- Economy and Agri-Technology (iBO). In i4Q, CERTH participates through ITI.
CERTH is essentially a self-supported Research Centre generating an average annual turnover of ~25M€ coming from: (a) >30% from bilateral industrial research contracts, (b) >60% from competitive research projects, (c) <10% as government institutional funding. More than 700 people work at CERTH with the majority being 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. In addition, CERTH is listed among the Top-12 of the EU’s Research Institutions with the highest participation in H2020 competitive research grants and is currently among the leading organisations in Greece in securing H2020 funding. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1200 competitive research projects (with a total budget exceeding 450M€ and involving more than 1100 international partner organizations) financed by the EU, leading industries from USA, Japan and Europe, and the Greek Government via the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT). CERTH’s research results (more than 350 publications per year) have significant scientific impact (about 7100 heterocitations/year). Four spin off companies have been already launched through CERTH’s research activities.