Focus Areas

We work on innovations within nine societal areas

Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime

TNO supports industry and government to realise reliable, efficient and sustainable solutions in the building, civil infrastructure and maritime and offshore sectors. With our pioneering role in the development and application of new technologies, we support the Dutch government in managing and maintaining its infrastructure and industry as it expands and consolidates its (international) market 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.

Industry

Dutch industry is among the most successful in the world. Our industry, its suppliers and related IT and other services account for a substantial part of our exports (80%) and create high-quality employment. Innovation is essential in order to maintain that position and to address societal challenges and continue to develop our society. TNO sees it as its role to contribute to innovation in industry by continuing to develop and deploy key technologies. These technologies will be key building blocks in achieving our objectives in relation to challenges like climate and energy.

Information & Communication Technology

ICT is offering excellent opportunities to solve all kinds of societal challenges, ensuring innovation and continuing economic growth. It is a key area for many sectors and other technologies. The rapid digital transformation of our society requires a framework for action. TNO's ambition is to help its clients to achieve complex digital transformations, using its knowledge of technology, 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

In a changing world full of global challenges such as urbanisation, ageing,  digitisation, automation and energy transition, our ambition is to boost the competitiveness of business and improve the well-being of society by increasing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of traffic and transport.

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