About TNO

TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the over 2,600 professionals at TNO, in our work every day. We work in collaboration with partners and focus on five domains.

TNO is an independent research organisation. We believe in the joint creation of economic and social value. We focus on transitions or changes in five social themes:

  • Industry, for a strong, internationally competitive business community.
  • Healthy Living, for a fit, healthy and productive population.
  • Defence & Security, for decisive action in an uncertain world.
  • Energy, for faster progress towards a low-carbon energy system.
  • Urbanisation, to innovate for dynamic urban regions.
Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake, but for practical application.

Our strategy

Every four years, in close collaboration with our stakeholders, we draw up a strategic plan that describes how we will pursue our mission. This plan is our proposal to society. Our strategy is a reflection of the trends we observe in society and technology. In close coordination with our stakeholders we have defined five domains on which we will focus. These are in line with the challenges and ambitions of the Top Sector policy and social themes in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

Further information

If you would like further information about a domain or a specific subject, select a relevant focus area, then select a subject and you will receive information about which a TNO researcher can tell you more about it. You can also look at the website: