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 contributes to CrossWind project with floating solar demo

31 July 2020
TNO will contribute to the new offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (north) to be built by the CrossWind consortium, a joint venture between Shell in the Netherlands and Eneco. Together with CrossWind, TNO... Read more

BRO’s practical examples win international Esri 3D prize

30 July 2020
A lot of information about the Dutch surface and subsurface comes together in the Key Register of the Subsurface (BRO). As Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GDN), part of TNO, we realize the BRO. The... Read more

TNO delivers optical module for Sentinel-5 space mission

29 July 2020
Today TNO becomes the first party to deliver an optical module to German Airbus Defence & Space which is assembling the Sentinel-5 satellite instrument. The aim of Sentinel-5 is to accurately monitor... Read more

Bavarian State Ministry of Justice and Dutch TNO partner on innovative technology to combat cybercrime

27 July 2020
Today, the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice (StMJ) and TNO signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the Munich Palace of Justice to accelerate strategic law enforcement capabilities and technologies.... Read more

Solar panel pilot on dike near Ritthem

24 July 2020
On the inner dike of the Spuikom near Ritthem in Zeeland, various systems with solar panels have been installed in recent months. A consortium of public authorities, knowledge institutes and system builders... 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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