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.


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


Building an ecosystem to foster innovation

19 May 2017
The Netherlands is one of the innovation leaders in Europe. A strong science base, world class companies and government support policies result in an ecosystem with strong linkages between innovation partners.... Read more

Tomato value chain in Rwanda: minimizing food losses

18 May 2017
In the project 'Smart Adaptive Sustainable Horticulture' (SMART) TNO, Wageningen University and BopInc evaluated the tomato value chain in Rwanda and provided suggestions for improvement. In Rwanda most... Read more

TNO together with NCSC-NL launches the guide ‘Dealing securely with the Internet of Things’

17 May 2017
On 17 May, at the International One Conference, TNO launches in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NL) the guide ‘Dealing Securely with the Internet of Things’. This guide gives... Read more

TNO Publishes Strategic Plan 2018-2021

16 May 2017
The title ‘Flywheel for Innovation in the Netherlands’ from TNO’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 reveals the ambition and task TNO has set itself for the next few years. Achieving impact is at the core of what... Read more

TNO and financial service providers launch ‘Innovating in cyber security’ magazine

15 May 2017
On Tuesday 16 May, TNO publishes the first edition of a new magazine entitled ‘Innovating in Cyber ​​Security’, in partnership with ING, ABN AMRO, Rabobank and Achmea. The magazine presents the tangible... Read more

Meet TNO at the Maritime Match Day

Delft | TU Delft
Are you recently or almost graduated, or looking for a challenging internship or thesis assignment? Do you want to develop safer and more efficient maritime structures used in the most diverse conditions... Read more

Seminar: Opportunities in Latin America

The Hague | NH Hotel Prinses Margrietplantsoen 100
Do you want to bring your product or service to the market and explore your opportunities in Latin America? Could your innovation be the answer to a challenge in countries like Colombia, Chile, Peru,... Read more

Optics & Optomechatronics Inhouse Day

Delft | TNO
Are you a MSc or PhD student in the field of Optics, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Control Systems or Electrical Engineering? Are you interested in a wide range of fascinating applications,... Read more

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