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 3,652 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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Locations - domestic or abroad

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Location The Hague - New Babylon

Anna van Buerenplein 1
NL-2595 DA The Hague


TNO Symposium 40 years of solar energy

17 May 2022
On Thursday 12 May 2022, the solar community gathered in Petten for the symposium 40 years of Solar Energy. The occasion was the retirement of Wim Sinke, principal scientist solar energy at TNO and professor... Read more

TNO and partners to work together to boost the efficiency of renewable hydrogen production

26 April 2022
TNO is to collaborate with three partners to develop a new generation of electrolyzers. Together with the German company Schaeffler, Johnson Matthey from England and the Belgian company Bekaert, they... Read more

How CCU can shape the carbon transition

25 April 2022
Carbon capture and utilisation, or CCU, is a technology that involves capturing CO2 emitted from (industrial) processes and using it to make new products. It therefore doesn’t only reduce CO2 emissions,... Read more

TNO winner Randstad award most attractive non-profit employer Netherlands 2022

21 April 2022
On April 21 it was announced that TNO again received the Randstad Award for most attractive non-profit employer. Irene van den Broek (Managing Director HR) received the award from Hans Huzen, Director... Read more

TU Delft and TNO prepare industry for scale-up phase of clean factory

08 April 2022
Oil and gas shortages are not only pushing up the prices of gas and petrol, but also plastics, medicines and cosmetics. To make our society less dependent on fossil fuels and combat climate change, the... Read more

Webinar SEWGS: Transform the industry with revolutionary co2-reduction technology

In order to make existing industrial production processes cleaner, TNO has developed a technology that very efficiently captures CO2 while simultaneously producing blue or green hydrogen. Register now... Read more
30 - June -

TNO Optical SATCOM Day

We are proud to announce the second TNO Optical SATCOM Day! Read more
11 - 13October

SBE2022 Delft Conference 11-13 October 2022

SBE22Delft will bring together 250-300 researchers, government officials, companies and professionals working towards a fast energy transition in the building renovation sector. The program of this conference... Read more