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


The societal need for Social Extended Reality (XR)

10 May 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our perspective forever. From the way we communicate to the way we work. From our thoughts about travel to our feelings about health and emotional wellness. Never before have... Read more

ESI support tool ComMA becomes open source thanks to Philips

10 May 2021
Seamless linking of components through well-specified software interfaces The software in today's industrial systems is becoming increasingly complex. The challenge is to seamlessly connect various... Read more

Shining a SPOTLIGHT on TNO’s Expertise

22 April 2021
We all know that sunlight is a powerful source of renewable energy. But did you know that it can be the source for sustainable fuels, too? In a new Horizon 2020 project, TNO is coordinating the effort... Read more

Training professionals to boost clean energy in Indonesia

21 April 2021
The accelerating expansion of renewable energy capacity comes with significant business and job opportunities for those who are prepared. Politeknik Negeri Bali (PNB) and TNO are jointly developing a ‘Renewable... Read more

Cost-effective sustainable aviation fuel

20 April 2021
Expectations are that flying will remain an important part of our mobility and it will continue to have a significant impact on the environment. TNO is partner in HIGFLY, a consortium led by TU/e, that... Read more
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Register for TNO Semicon Innovation Day 2021 – 1 June

Registration is open to the TNO SEMICON INNOVATION DAY 2021, to be held on 1 June. Read more
9 - June -

The first Urbanism Next Europe Conference hosted from NL

We - POLIS Network, the Urbanism Next Center at The University of Oregon, the New Mobility Alliance and TNO - are excited to announce that the Urbanism Next Europe Conference will be held virtual on June... Read more


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