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.


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


More than 40 European geological surveys join forces in GeoEra

17 January 2017
The more than forty Geological Survey Organisations (GSO’s) from over thirty European countries have joined forces in the European Horizon 2020 project ERA-NET COFUND. The aim is establishing the European... Read more

World’s first DIY Policing workshop received great interest

13 January 2017
The Do-It-Yourself Policing workshop organized by the MEDI@4SEC project in Berlin at January 10 was a huge success. For the first time, stakeholders from all over Europe engaged in an interactive dialogue... Read more

TNO strengthens cooperation on space technology for earth observation and climate research

22 December 2016
TNO signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V. to support the realisation of components for the ESA earth observation mission Sentinel-5. Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor... Read more

TNO sells majority shareholding in TNO Bedrijven BV to First Dutch

19 December 2016
TNO and First Dutch have signed a agreement for the sale of the majority of shares in TNO Bedrijven BV by TNO to First Dutch, the innovation platform of entrepreneur Peter Goedvolk. The actual transfer... Read more

Conn@ct.now has given a future to children and youth

15 December 2016
Together with War Child, Child Helpline International and Free Press Unlimited, over the past five years TNO has been committed to giving a future to children and youth in fragile states. The programme... Read more
17 - 18January

GeoERA: Establish a Geological Research Area for Europe (INVITATIONAL)

TNO location Utrecht, Princetonlaan
More than 45 national and regional Geological Survey Organisations (GSOs) from over 30 European countries have joined forces to develop the ERA-NET COFUND action “Establishing the European Geological... Read more

Sustainable Chemistry Café: Claiming your sustainability benefits

Utrecht | Stadskasteel Oudaen
Many companies are actively making their business more sustainable or considering doing so. This entails making complex decisions from the perspective of people, planet and profit. TNO has an extensive... Read more

TNO participating in WEC 2017 North Sea Conference

The Hague | Zuiderstrand Theater
On Tuesday 24 January 2017 TNO participates in the North Sea Conference in The Hague. Recently TNO published a report  which described the options and gives examples of opportunities if innovative efforts... Read more

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