TNO provides contract research and specialist consultancy as well as grant lieges for patents and specialist software. TNO tests and certify products and services, and issue an independent evaluation of quality. And they set up new companies to market innovations. The development and application of innovative knowledge: that’s what TNO is all about.


Developing, integrating and applying knowledge: it’s the combination that differentiates us from other knowledge institutions. By encouraging the effective interplay of knowledge areas, we generate creative and practicable innovations: new products, services and processes, fully customized for business and government. Research themes are:

  • Healthy Living
  • Industrial Innovation
  • Defence, Safety and Security
  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Built Environment
  • Information Society

Defence, Safety and Security
Throughout the world security and safety are primary concerns for the future. Both at global and local level, the future will be characterised by economic, physical, ecological, territorial, social and political instability. External and internal security are becoming increasingly interrelated.

Industrial Innovation
Dutch industry is indispensable not only to the (knowledge) economy but also to finding solutions for the scarcity issues that affect society, like energy, safety, care and mobility. This demands technological innovation in the production chain, innovation of products and processes in industry.



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