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 implements Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

17 May 2019
TNO considers it important that research is carried out in accordance with the principles and standards of good and honest scientific practice. Since 2004 there has been a Netherlands Code of Conduct for... Read more

Open source framework for (automotive) system modelling and simulation SIMarchitect released

08 May 2019
HAN University of Applied Sciences and TNO are happy to announce the official release of SIMarchitect as a result of their cooperation. SIMarchitect, an open source framework for system modelling and simulation... Read more

TNO advises the European Commission on Event Data Recorders for Self-driving Vehicles

07 May 2019
Even if self-driving vehicles can become much safer than vehicles with human drivers, in a possible future of self-driving cars, still traffic accidents cannot be ruled out entirely. In the aftermath of... Read more

Sunlight used to convert CO2 to methane extremely efficiently

29 April 2019
TNO and Hasselt University (Belgium) have developed an innovative method which uses sunlight to power chemical processes directly. The two organizations succeeded in converting CO2 into methane fuel at... Read more

TNO starts R&D project on smart monitoring of emissions from diesel vehicles in Singapore

11 April 2019
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) started a research and development (R&D) project on smart monitoring emissions of diesel vehicles. The National Environment Agency... Read more

TNO Semicon Innovation Day

Delft | Science Centre, Mijnbouwstraat 120
This conference will bring together technology leaders from the major industry players and research institutes to discuss challenges, status of solutions, needed innovations and the ways forward for semicon... Read more

Sovrin into Production - Dutch Blockchain Coalition

Delft | Bouwcampus - Dutch Blockchain Coalition
The Sovrin Network for self-sovereign identity (SSI) is on the brink of going into production. Phil Windley (Chairman Sovrin Foundation) will provide more background about Sovrin, and the business model... Read more

TNO Automotive Inhouse day 2019

TNO - Automotive Campus 30, Helmond
Join the Automotive Inhouse Day 2019. Are you a Master or PhD student in the field of Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Computer Science, Mathematics, Systems & Control, Automotive or Artificial... Read more


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