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


Innovative project for traumatised children in South Sudan

05 December 2019
TNO and the organisations Help a Child and War Trauma Foundation will be supporting children and their parents in South Sudanese refugee camps, helping them cope with psychosocial traumas by making buddy’s... Read more

Gas analysis instrument based on smart Raman spectroscopy design is significantly more cost-effective

03 December 2019
TNO has made a completely new design for the optical Raman spectrometer. This makes it possible to analyse gases using an instrument that is significantly smaller and cheaper than the conventional gas... Read more

When social innovation meets technological innovation

28 November 2019
In 2016, TNO joined forces with Simavi and various other partners to form Ritu: a public/private partnership aimed at improving menstrual health and awareness in Bangladesh.  As the programme draws to... Read more

A fair start for 1 million more children

22 November 2019
TNO is working hard on its mission to improve child health and wellbeing in developing countries with an ambitious five-year plan aimed at 1 million children. As business developer at TNO, Roelinde Bakker... Read more

Sunlight as fuel for sustainable chemical processes - Project LUMEN

15 November 2019
In the Interreg project LUMEN, TNO is collaborating with universities and industry to develop a lab-scale demonstrator to show that hydrogen and carbon dioxide, in combination with sunlight, can be converted... Read more

Hydrogen Webinar: The Netherlands as an international hydrogen hub

What collaborations and hydrogen projects are there? Do we work together internationally? What is the position of the Netherlands with regard to hydrogen compared to other countries? Read more
10 - 11December

European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES)

De Kromhouthal, Amsterdam
Although the process industry and the energy sector are often seen as the main culprits behind climate problems, they also hold the keys to various innovations, that could result in cleaner processes,... Read more

Side event Sustainable Biofuels | European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES)

Together with FME and Industrielinqs, TNO is organising the European Industry & Energy Summit (EIES) 2019 at the Kromhouthal, Amsterdam, on 10 and 11 December. We would like to invite you to the side... Read more
4 - March -

3rd Annual Conference ‘Lifestyle as Medicine’

LUMC and TNO will organize the Third Annual Conference ‘Lifestyle as Medicine’ Person empowered lifestyle medicine on 4th of March 2020. Read more
16 - 17March

Course on the Essentials of Pulsation and Vibration Control (PVC) in Process Installations

TNO location at the University campus of Delft, The Netherlands
Learn the essentials of pulsation and vibration control in process installations in only two days, from TNO specialists in Fluid Structure Interaction applied to the process industry. The course consists... Read more


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