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 Space & Astronomy making advances in scientific instrumentation

18 May 2020
Despite the Coronavirus crisis, the TNO team working on astronomy technologies is busier than ever. We are realizing our strategy to enable scientists to understand the universe, with our work on the... Read more

H2020 project PeroCUBE for perovskite-based lighting, wearables and fabric devices started

11 May 2020
The EU H2020-funded project PeroCUBE aims at developing flexible, lightweight perovskite-based electronics, creating new commercial opportunities for the lighting, energy and telecom industries. The consortium... Read more

Gigabits from space – TNO and Hyperion commercialise Ground Detector

07 May 2020
Sending a lot of data at high speed is one thing – receiving it, another. A Dutch solution is now available for the global laser communication market. TNO, the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific... Read more

Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launch Europe's first quantum computer in the cloud: Quantum Inspire

20 April 2020
Today, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched Europe’s first public quantum computing platform: 'Quantum Inspire'. The platform was developed by Delft-based... Read more

Consortium builds corona test app using privacy-by-design principles

14 April 2020
The uNLock consortium is tackling the challenge of developing an open source, non-profit app that makes it possible for users to share proof of the outcome of a coronavirus test or – potentially - a vaccination.... Read more

Dutch conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) - Friday 26 June 2020, The Hague

On Friday 26 June 2020 the third Dutch conference on ElectroChemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will take place. This event is organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government.... Read more

Appl.AI Conference 2020

Media Plaza (Jaarbeurs, Utrecht)
We strive to realize the best possible AI applications. That’s why we want to bring the AI community together to share experience how to apply AI in the best possible way. Together with our partners we... Read more


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