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


Vaccination against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

22 June 2017
A vaccine to immunise people against high levels of cholesterol and the narrowing of the arteries caused by build-up of fatty material (atherosclerosis) may be possible following successful results in... Read more

TNO’s printed-droplet drying technology prevents overdosing and underdosing medication

22 June 2017
A more controlled release of drugs’ active substances to prevent overdosing and underdosing. TNO’s printed-droplet drying technology makes it possible. A study will commence in mid-2017, in which experts... Read more

TNO and PTV start cooperation on Urban Strategy and VISUM

20 June 2017
PTV Group and TNO start to cooperate to help cities with combined mobility planning, urban planning and the environmental quality. By creating the joint solution with VISUM and Urban Strategy we create... Read more

TNO develops a Circular Economy approach for Chinese port authority

08 June 2017
How can you enable industrial growth in a rapidly developing Chinese port and encourage the input of one industry to make use of the residual streams of another? Together with the Guangdong Association... Read more

HIGH-TOOL project is nominated for the German Mobility Award 2017

08 June 2017
Out of 170 applications, the European HIGH-TOOL project has been selected as one of the ten projects to be awarded the German Mobility Award 2017(Deutscher Mobilitätspreis 2017). TNO and the rest of the... Read more

The future perspective of energy storage and conversion

Madurodam, The Hague - The Netherlands
The Oil & Gas Reinvented Community of which TNO besides Shell and Siemens is the founding father organizes an event on 29th of June 2017. During this event we will be exploring the Future Perspective... Read more

TNO Econometrics and Mathematics Inhouse Day

TNO | Location The Hague - New Babylon
Are you a MSc or PhD student in the field of Econometrics or Mathematics? Do you want to do ground-breaking work in your field of expertise and help companies and government institutions with innovative... Read more
21 - 25August

TRADR Summer School on Human-Robot Teaming

TNO Utrecht, The Netherlands
The TRADR summer school on Human-Robot Teaming consists of a five-day course providing participants a full overview and hands-on experience related to Human-Robot Teaming. TNO is co-organiser of this event.... Read more

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