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 at Holst Centre helps to take significant steps towards enabling 3D printing for electronics

09 July 2020
3D printed electronics is currently in the early stages of development and an emerging technology at the intersection of 3D printing and printed electronics. TNO at Holst Centre has created several proof-of-concept... Read more

Lifespan batteries increased due to trip planning

07 July 2020
A trip planning that takes the actual age of a battery into account has a positive impact on the ultimate lifespan of that battery. The results of Fleetlife, a joint feasibility study of Amber and TNO,... Read more

TNO has signed a contract with ESA to start Phase 2 of TOmCAT

02 July 2020
TNO has signed a contract with ESA to demonstrate cutting-edge optical communication technologies for future terabit-per-second telecom satellites. The TOmCAT project (Terabit Optical Communication Adaptive... Read more

Minimising COVID-19 contamination in hospitals

02 July 2020
Due to the large number of patients infected with the coronavirus, healthcare facilities around the world are turning existing rooms into emergency hospitals. Because of the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2... Read more

First phase test of floating thin-film solar panels closed

02 July 2020
In the Weperpolder, next to the floating solar system of Groenleven, is the test setup of the TKI project Solar@Sea. This floating thin-film test set-up has been operational since March this year, the... 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
18 - 19November

The 2nd RTO Innovation Summit

A virtual event
Together with a group of ten European RTOs, we are organising The 2nd RTO Innovation Summit! The RTO Innovation Summit takes place every second year and provides a deep-dive into the world of cutting-edge... Read more


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