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


Dutch Solar Design will present at the Dutch Design Week with energy producing cladding material for buildings

18 October 2018
The research consortium of Dutch Solar Design will present at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven the new Dutch Solar Design Photovoltaic-module (DSD-PV). This revolutionary new cladding material with integrated... Read more

Broadband Forum takes reins of highly regarded Ultra-fast Broadband Seminar from TNO

18 October 2018
Broadband Forum today announced it will take the lead in organizing the Ultra-fast Broadband Seminar 2019 as it entered into a new partnership with TNO. Read more

HEATSTORE: a boost to the energy transition

04 October 2018
With the commencement of the European HEATSTORE project to the tune of €16 million, six demonstration projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland aim to get technologies for... Read more

TNO and Madaster give circular building a boost

04 October 2018
Up to half of all the annual material requirements in the Netherlands is used by the building sector. A challenge for the circular economy. To promote circular building, TNO and Madaster will exchange... Read more

Imec and TNO launch Digital Twin of the city of Antwerp

27 September 2018
This week, at SuperNova in Antwerp, imec, the world's leading research and innovation hub in the field of nanoelectronics and digital technology, and the Dutch innovation organisation TNO are launching... Read more
20 - 28October

Dutch Solar Design and a sneakpreview of a future where an energy-generating facade is the new normal

Eindhoven | Op diverse locaties
Dutch Solar Design shows you during the Dutch Design Week a sneak preview of the future! A future where an energy-generating facade is the new normal — in all possible shapes, colours and styles. Read more

Beyond visible: seeing the future in healthcare innovation

Glazen Zaal, Prinsessegracht 26, The Hague (NL)
Are you working on new imaging technologies, looking for the best implementation strategy or challenging the conventional routes of entrepreneurship with your invention? Read more
23 - 24October

TNO at Offshore energy

Amsterdam | RAI
Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is Europe's leading offshore energy event. It brings together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition... Read more


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