Focus Areas

We work on innovations within nine societal areas

Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime

TNO works towards the achievement of reliable, efficient, and sustainable use value in construction, civil infrastructure, and the maritime and offshore sectors. With a leading role in the development and application of new technologies, we support the Dutch government in managing and maintaining Dutch infrastructure and industry, and consolidating and expanding its international position.

Circular Economy & Environment

Improving sustainability may well be the single greatest societal challenge of our time. The issue is high on government and business agendas, both nationally and internationally. However, the scope and complexity of the problem is causing much uncertainty about the best available solutions and the required speed of their implementation. This is where TNO can help.

Defence, Safety & Security

For a society to enjoy prosperity and well-being it is essential that the people in it are, and feel, safe. For Henk Geveke, managing director of Defence, Safety & Security, it is important to support those who make this safety possible. “Whether it’s for the army, the police, the fire service or the business community, we’re putting our knowledge and technology to work in order to create innovations that can help those who are devoting themselves to our safety and security every day.”

ECN part of TNO

The ambition of the ECN part of TNO is to accelerate the energy transition together with knowledge institutions, companies and the government so that in 2050 the Netherlands will have an energy regime free of CO2 emissions. The energy transition also offers the Dutch business community the opportunity to lead the way and to export their innovative products and thus contribute to the energy transition worldwide.

Healthy Living

The continuing rise of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic disorders means that we need to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, and must combine prevention and treatment. TNO aims to deliver social and technological innovations that can help people make the kind of choices that lead to better health and increased social participation.


Dutch industry is world class. The country’s industrial sector, its suppliers and related services (including ICT) are an important component (80%) of its exports and create high-value employment. To retain this position the sector has to constantly innovate. TNO regards it as its responsibility to contribute towards the continuous renewal of Dutch industry through ongoing development and the implementation of key technologies.

Information & Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology presents new opportunities for solving all kinds of societal challenges, and fuels innovation and economic growth. However, the rapid digital transformation of society has issues of its own. TNO aims to assist its clients through complex digital transformations by leveraging its know-how in ICT, policy and business models.

Strategic Analysis & Policy

What should the innovation agenda of the EU and the Netherlands look like? How can we accelerate the energy transition? What new type of fighter aircraft or submarine does the Dutch military need? What would it cost and how much industry and employment would it generate? What legal framework do we need for safe driverless cars? And how can the use of data help us address societal challenges like youth delinquency?

Traffic & Transport

Efficient mobility and logistics are vital to the prosperity and well-being of society. The great challenge today is to manage the ever-growing number of movements of people and goods. TNO’s ambition is to help create liveable, sustainable cities through clean, safe, reliable and affordable mobility and logistics.


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