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Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas -FORTH

The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas – FORTH (, established in 1983), is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities and highly qualified personnel. It functions under the supervision of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and consists of seven Research Institutes located throughout Greece: Heraklion, Rethymnon, Patras and Ioannina. The Foundation’s headquarters are located in Heraklion, Crete.

Over the years, FORTH has become one of the top European research centers, thanks to its high impact research results and its valuable socioeconomic contribution.

FORTH has significant experience in running EU-funded and national projects and it has been involved in the management of many previous EU projects and has a highly developed administrative support system for this purpose. FORTH currently participates in over 200 European projects, and coordinates many of them.

The Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C) ( was created in 1993 as an initiative of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), with the financial support of the EU, the National Government and the Region of Crete. Adept to the rapidly evolving needs of the region and the research advancements at FORTH and the local Academic and Research Institutions, STEP-C offers, in addition to incubating facilities and services to start up companies with new and emerging technologies, specialized professional services that are difficult to find under one roof and geared to assisting and guiding companies to:

  • Unleash their potential through innovation
  • Assess and secure their intellectual capital
  • Support better their business interests and needs
  • Transfer their technological advancements into the manufacturing of innovative products and services

During its 25 years of operation, STEP-C supported the business development of over 50 companies and developed various projects in order to promote Regional Innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the region.

Currently, STEP-C hosts 27 start-up companies and organizations and offers high quality services to new entrepreneurs.

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas – FORTH

Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEP-C)

Phone+30 28103 91900
Fax+30 28103 91906
Email[email protected] /
Adress100, Ν. Plastira, Vassilika Vouton, GR – 70013, Heraklion, Crete