TNO Publishes Strategic Plan 2018-2021

”Flywheel for innovation in The Netherlands” • 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 TNO does: the application of the knowledge that TNO develops. To realise this the knowledge portfolio and programming must be seamlessly aligned with those of our customers and partners. Relevant external trends and developments as well as specific agendas are therefore the starting point for this strategic plan and the choices TNO makes.

TNO focuses on five domains: industry, healthy living, defence, safety & security, energy and urbanisation. Within these five domains TNO zooms in on a number of target areas: topics that derive from the major societal and technological trends and developments in which TNO has a unique and distinctive knowledge base and is ‘thought leader’. Another priority is technology transfer, getting the knowledge developed by TNO to market via spin-offs and licences.

The power of multidisciplinarity

Paul de Krom, CEO: “The multidisciplinarity of TNO is one of our key added values in solving societal challenges.” Innovation takes place largely at the interface of different scientific disciplines, in long-term partnerships with underlying funding. “In 2021 TNO wants to be the flywheel for innovation in the Netherlands. TNO seeks collaboration with the best partners to find comprehensive solutions to the needs of society,” the TNO chief executive states in the strategic plan.

Large-scale and long-term partnerships

In line with this, TNO wants to strengthen and build on the strategic relationships with ministries, top sectors, universities and industry (both large companies and SMEs). To this end, the number of large-scale and long-term partnerships will be expanded over the coming years, for example in Joint Innovation Centres like “Lifestyle as Medicine” together with the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC). Paul de Krom:  “In terms of the academic alignment, TNO is keen to work with partners of the best quality, so the faculty of a home or foreign university that is best in its field of research. This may differ per subject and over the course of time.”

Read the strategic plan ‘Flywheel for Innovation in the Netherlands’


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