CERTH was founded in 2000 and it is a leading research center in Greece conducting specialized basic and applied research and offering high quality services in several fields. It is a non-profit private status legal entity supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

CERTH is listed among the top 20 EU institutions with the highest participation in competitive research grants. HIT is one of CERTH’s five Institutes, devoted to the promotion and execution of transport research in Greece and beyond.

HIT cooperates with local, private and public bodies and other institutions in Europe and internationally, and represents Greece in various International trade and scientific fora. Its main mission is to provide state-of-the-art research and create innovation in the field of transport at a national, European and international level covering issues relating to the operation, planning and development of infrastructure; standardization; economic analysis; vehicle technology; impact assessment of land, maritime, air, and multimodal transport services; training and education activities in related fields; dissemination of research activities; and representation of Greece in relevant scientific bodies.