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About TNO


TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole.

TNO’s unique position is attributable to its versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society.

For industry and government

We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. As ‘knowledge brokers’ we advise our customers, moreover, on finding the optimum solutions that are geared precisely to the questions they have.

Research is about the result

In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. If the government can create more effective policy. And if it really helps people and organisations.

Strategy and Policy

Governments around the world are increasingly being set the challenge of stimulating the economy. This requires innovations. Major, complex and spatial innovations are not easy to manage in terms of effectiveness. The power of strategic thinking is a must. Globalisation, climate, energy, security and ageing demand new policies to provide the solutions to these societal problems and create opportunities for companies to innovate.

What can the Netherlands and Europe do to create the conditions for this to happen? And what can the market do to ensure that the economic basis for this is sufficient and that the quality of life is good? With a hundred or so knowledge experts in strategic studies TNO is working on orchestrating innovations to be effective. The cornerstones of our work are:

  • Exploration
  • Agenda-setting
  • Interventions
  • Monitoring
  • Evaluations

Our experts combine technical know-how with the knowledge that is needed to ensure that these innovations can succeed.