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


Unraveling complexity in energy flexibility trade

15 February 2018
Last December, the TNO early research program Grip on Complexity organized a workshop on energy flexibility trade. A group of 20 energy experts gathered at TNO in The Hague to discuss developments in the... Read more

Brightlands Materials Center and TNO support ministry of Defence with 3d printing knowledge

14 February 2018
Brightlands Materials Center (BMC) and TNO will support the Ministry of Defence in utilising 3D printing (also known as Additive Manufacturing) within its organisation; something which is geared to create... Read more

TNO approved as Sovrin Steward

13 February 2018
TNO got this week approved as one of the 20 Sovrin Stewards worldwide and is now co-responsible for the integrity of the Sovrin blockchain network. Sovrin is a blockchain network that focusses on signed... Read more

Dutch consortium builds the world’s first floating solar farm at sea

08 February 2018
Six Dutch companies and knowledge institutions are working together over the next three years on the development, construction and operation of the world's first floating solar power station. With financial... Read more

Public consultation on Dutch code of conduct for scientific integrity

07 February 2018
TNO believes it is important that research is conducted in accordance with the principles and norms of good and honest scientific practice. TNO also attaches great importance to these principles. A Dutch... Read more

Meet TNO at the MIT European Career Fair in Boston

Boston (MA), USA | MIT, Johnson Athletic Center (W34)
Are you interested in a career in applied research in Europe? Meet TNO during the MIT European Career Fair 2018: Saturday February 24th at the MIT campus. Read more

Meet TNO at [MindPhair] in Zürich

ETH | Zürich (Switserland)
[MindPhair] is a job fair for physics, mathematics and PhD students at ETH Zürich organized by VMP. The fair aims at bringing together most interesting employers and brilliant minds. Want to know more... Read more
5 - 8March

TNO at GEO2018 - 13th Middle East Geosciences Conference & Exhibition

Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre
We invite you to visit TNO at the13th Middle East Geosciences Conference & Exhibition (Geo2018) to be held from March 5 – 8 in the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Read more

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