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


Starting signal for design of gigawatt electrolysis plant

21 March 2019
There is still a lot to be done to supply Dutch industry with sustainable hydrogen, an important step in the energy transition. Sustainable hydrogen can be produced by the electrolysis of water, using... Read more

TNO connects the Netherlands through a European standard for data sharing

18 March 2019
Today, the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) and TNO signed an agreement confirming that TNO will become the Dutch IDS Hub, a promising European standard for sovereign, controlled and ultimately... Read more

Maarten Tossings is TNO’s new Chief Operating Officer

15 March 2019
M.G.L.H. (Maarten) Tossings has been nominated by the Minister of Defence for appointment by Royal Decree as Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board of TNO. He will also become Chairman... Read more

3D printed materials reduce the cost of CO2 capture systems

15 March 2019
Reducing the carbon footprint of many of the processes and technologies in today’s society is a challenge in terms of the size of equipment and the energy required for the carbon capture process. The 3D-CAPS... Read more

Automation is the key, states TNO in the sixth edition of Cyber Security Perspectives

12 March 2019
Cyber security has frequently dominated the news in the past year. This is partly due to major DDoS attacks that shut down the online traffic of several major Dutch banks and to two serious Intel vulnerabilities,... Read more
1 - 5April

Visit TNO at the Hannover Messe 2019

The 2019 edition of the leading trade fair for international industry, the Hannover Messe, will take place from 1 to 5 April. This year TNO is again participating together with Dutch companies, organisations... Read more
17 - 18April

Model Based Development and Control in Automotive: The TNO Approach

Tokyo | Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
TNO will provide a seminar on 17 and 18 April 2019 on the subject of model based development and Control in the automotive domain. Model based development is becoming increasingly important in the automotive... Read more

TNO Student Challenge: Buildings Infrastructure & Maritime

Delft | TNO Location Stieltjesweg
Are you a Master student in the field of Aerospace, Maritime, Mechanical, Civil Engineering or applied physics and are you passionate about durable and sustainable structures? Then TNO challenges you! ... Read more


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