The Institute for Solid Fuels Technology and Applications (ISFTA) is the main Greek organisation for the promotion of research and technological development aiming at the improved and integrated exploitation of solid fuels and their by-products.
ISFTA was established by Presidential Decree in 1987. It is a legal entity under private law and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs, preserving its administrative and financial independence. Since 2002, it is one of the five institutes of the National Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and operates under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning & Religious Affairs.
Since its foundation, ISFTA was located in the facilities of the old factory of nitrogenous fertilizers - formerly known as AEVAL - in the area of Ptolemais, Greece. It was in 2007 that the Institute moved finally in its private building - again in the area of Ptolemais.
ISFTA has been awarded an Excellence (Aristeia in Greek) title in Research and Technology and lies in the 6th position among more than 40 Greek Research and Technology Organisations supervised by the GSRT. This ranking was held in 2005 and was performed by the Greek Ministry of Development and EU evaluators - a procedure that takes place on a 5-year basis.