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


TNO launches the Risk Management Measures Library

20 October 2020
TNO developed an online RMM library named ECEL v3.0. The tool, funded by CEFIC LRI, consists of an occupational and an environmental module which contains risk management measures including their efficacy... Read more

Germany and The Netherlands come up with a bilateral agenda on hydrogen and green electrons for industry

15 October 2020
In a bilateral virtual workshop between Germany and The Netherlands, hundred invited experts from industry, knowledge institutes, regions and governments discussed ideas for a bilateral agenda on hydrogen... Read more

TNO and Columbia University: satellites will drastically improve detection of methane emission over the next five years

14 October 2020
The availability of new satellite detection systems, together with existing airborne and ground monitoring systems, will provide a much more accurate picture of methane emissions over the next five years.... Read more

Wim Sinke reelected as Vice-Chairman of The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV)

05 October 2020
The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) elected during a virtual meeting the Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen for the term 2020 – 2022. The election took place during... Read more

TNO & Aircision signed a contract to explore FSO-driven 5G

28 September 2020
TNO signed a consortium agreement with Aircision B.V. to advance Free Space Optics (FSO) connectivity technology. To harness the power of 5G and broadband connectivity, more robust FSO links are needed... Read more
26 - 7October - December

Webinars on Perovskite Solar Technology

Together with partners, Solliance, a strong network of research groups and industry, working at the forefront of thin-film photovoltaic technology, launches a series of webinars on perovskite solar technology.... Read more
18 - 19November

The 2nd RTO Innovation Summit

A virtual event
Together with a group of ten European RTOs, we are organising The 2nd RTO Innovation Summit! The RTO Innovation Summit takes place every second year and provides a deep-dive into the world of cutting-edge... Read more


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