Annual Report

For 85 years TNO has connected people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the wellbeing of society in a sustainable way. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the over 3,200 professionals at TNO, in our work every day.

TNO evolving dynamically

TNO looks back on an eventful year, one in which there have been major innovations that are helping to solve societal challenges. At the same time, it has been a difficult year from an operational perspective. However, the future looks very promising. After years of cuts, the government is once again planning extra investments in applied research and with a new robust organisation and strategy, the foundation has been laid for TNO to respond fast and effectively to new developments. This coming year will see an accent on putting this into action.


The core of what TNO does is the realisation of impact: applying the knowledge TNO has developed. “The multidisciplinarity of TNO is one of our key added values in helping to solve societal challenges.” Innovation mainly occurs at the interfaces between different scientific disciplines, in long-term partnerships with underlying funding. “In 2021 TNO wants to be the flywheel of innovation in the Netherlands. Based on the demand from society, TNO works together with the best partners to find comprehensive solutions,” says TNO’s chief executive in the strategic plan.

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