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


The Netherlands builds support structure for the world’s largest telescope

19 April 2018
VDL ETG Projects, part of VDL Groep, will build the support structure for the main mirror of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) of ESO (European Southern Observatory) in northern Chile. The design was... Read more

5G and net neutrality, a TNO study

13 April 2018
TNO has made an independent study into 5G and net neutrality to provide a factual underpinning for the policy debate on this topic. The main outcome of the study is an analytical framework that helps to... Read more

BASF Joins TNO and WUR Consortium to Collaborate on Personalized Nutrition

27 March 2018
BASF is the latest member to join the Personalized Nutrition & Health consortium founded by TNO and Wageningen University & Research. The consortium researches the capabilities needed to enable... Read more

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
23 - 27April

Visit TNO at the Hannover Messe 2018

Hannover | Hannover Exhibition Grounds
The 2018 edition of the Hannover Messe, the fair for international industry, will take place from 23 to 27 April. TNO will again be participating along with Dutch companies, organisations and knowledge... Read more

TNO Student Construction Challenge

MEC Bouwlab, Delft
Are you a Master student in the field of Aerospace, Maritime, Mechanical or Civil Engineering and are you passionate about constructions? Then TNO challenges you! Read more

BCF Career Event

Utrecht | Beatrixgebouw, Jaarbeurs
On 24 May, TNO will give a company presentation (Sessiezaal 217) at the BCF Career Event. Read more

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