The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is a non-profit research organisation. Established in 1932, TNO’s public mission has been laid down in a special law: to support industry and society in general in transforming knowledge into products and processes of economic and societal value. TNO is fully independent. It is neither a governmental body nor is it related to any specific interest group. In the system of innovation, TNO acts as an interface between science and the market. Being both embedded in the world of fundamental research and having strong links with the world of users, TNO is perfectly paced to fulfil this role in which contract research and strategic collaboration are keys to the transfer of knowledge.
In the performance of its public task – demand-driven programmes – TNO receives funding from the Dutch government, part of which is available for European R&D project matching.
Right from the start, TNO has shown a strong interest in the EU Framework Programme (FP). The application oriented and policy supporting characteristics of the programme fit TNO’s mission and objectives very well. In addition, many of the priorities in the programme are very similar to the goals in TNO’s strategic research agenda. EU roadmaps and strategies are becoming increasingly important for TNO’s long-term strategy. TNO acts as a European Commission partner, offering its expertise and capacity to help solve European problems and to support the Lisbon goals. Besides FP involvement, TNO receives contracts from the Commission to support Commission policies.