About TNO

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 2,600 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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Location The Hague - New Babylon

Anna van Buerenplein 1
NL-2595 DA The Hague


TNO to study geology for underground Einstein Telescope

26 November 2020
The Dutch Black Hole Consortium will receive 4.9 million euros from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) within the framework of the Dutch Research Agenda. The new interdisciplinary consortium will further... Read more

European RTOs: accelerating development of electrolysis

24 November 2020
Green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis using renewable sources such as the sun and the wind, plays a crucial role in the energy transition. But much remains to be done to produce this clean energy carrier... Read more

Energy poverty and the energy transition

18 November 2020
The energy supply of the future must be sustainable, reliable, affordable and fair. This is not yet so obvious to the 8% of Dutch households (around 650,000 households) that are more or less affected... Read more

Roadmap to circular plastics in 2050

12 November 2020
Plastics offer a unique combination of properties: flexible, cheap, strong and light. But there is also a downside to contemporary plastics. Today sees the publication of a TNO white paper "Don't waste... Read more

Collaborative business models facilitate scaling at low-income groups

12 November 2020
Inclusive collaborative business models are a solution to overcome obstacles for scaling innovations targeting low-income groups in developing countries. In these new types of business models, social... Read more
2 - 7November - December

Webinars on Perovskite Solar Technology

Together with partners, Solliance, a strong network of research groups and industry, working at the forefront of thin-film photovoltaic technology, launches a series of webinars on perovskite solar technology.... Read more

7th Biorizon Annual Event on Bio-Aromatics

December 3rd (09:00-17:00), Biorizon Shared Research Center hosts its 7th annual event online. Major industrial players, small to medium sized enterprises, government officials and research and technology... Read more

Innovate your Space 'Smart Space' Symposium

After a successful symposium last year, we are pleased to organise our upcoming online TUD-SRON-TNO ‘Innovate your Space’ symposium themed ‘Smart Space’. We want to focus in this symposium on needs, technologies... Read more

The European Industry & Energy Summit

The European process industry and energy sector are partly responsible for causing climate change. But, on the other hand, they can also make a major contribution to providing solutions. At the European... Read more
15 - 16December

Digital Africa Business Days

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