Mission and strategy

TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the 3,652 professionals at TNO, in our work every day.

Mission and strategy


TNO was founded by law in 1932 to enable business and government to apply knowledge. As an organisation regulated by public law, we are independent: not part of any government, university or company.



As TNO, we can only strengthen the knowledge base for the Netherlands by working together with internationally leading knowledge partners, companies and governments. Given the globalisation of research, TNO is becoming an increasingly international character.

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TNO and its social role

TNO is working on a better future. By its social role TNO has the ambition to make a demonstrable value to government and industry on the major social and economic issues. We do this with committed and energetic employees.

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More about our work

TNO is a major player in a growing international network comprised of leading scientific institutes, companies with ambitious development profiles, universities and other partners in knowledge. The knowledge TNO develops, integrates, will make applicable and puts into practice will only have value if we can use it to have a real social and economic impact.

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Locations - domestic or abroad

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Location The Hague - New Babylon

Anna van Buerenplein 1
NL-2595 DA The Hague


Smart window with large energy savings potential shows promising results during first pilot field test

29 June 2022
A ’smart window’ developed by TNO and partners in the Interreg project Sunovate, performs successfully in real world conditions according to preliminary pilot results. The window is designed to automatically... Read more

Plastic waste in Indonesia gets value in 2 new P4G projects

22 June 2022
As TNO we are proud partner of two recently awarded projects on plastic waste collection and recycling. With support from the P4G (Partnering for Green Growth) partnership and RVO, we work together with... Read more

InterConnect launches open call for European SMES and start-ups to develop interoperable prototypes that support the digitisation of the European electricity sector

15 June 2022
Around two million euros is the total amount available for EU member-countries' companies to develop 14 technological solutions to be applied in the European electricity and IoT sector. The initiative,... Read more

Team i-Botics qualifies for $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition Finals

03 June 2022
On the 25th of May XPRIZE announced that Team i-Botics, led by the Dutch research organization TNO and the University of Twente has officially qualified for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals. i-Botics is working... Read more

TNO participates in DeepTechXL fund for early phase startups

30 May 2022
TNO participates in DeepTechXL, a new fund that invests in early-stage startups. Strategic investors and co-initiators of the fund include ASML, Philips and the Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM).... Read more
11 - 13October

SBE2022 Delft Conference 11-13 October 2022

SBE22Delft will bring together 250-300 researchers, government officials, companies and professionals working towards a fast energy transition in the building renovation sector. The program of this conference... Read more