Collaboration TO2 Federation

The organisations for applied research (Deltares, MARIN, NLR, TNO, Wageningen Research (WR) foundation), united in the TO2 Federation, provide a link between knowledge and innovation in the service of the government, the trade and industry sector and society. They generate solutions for issues, thus providing the Dutch industrial sector with a competitive edge and contributing to a safe, sustainable living environment for citizens.

Collaboration of Applied research organisations

The TO2 Federation’s mission is to deliver a decisive contribution to solving societal challenges, to fortify the innovative power of the Dutch industry and trade sector and to offer substantive support to the government in policy issues.


The TO2 institutions have three main tasks:

  • Developing, applying and divulging knowledge for the purpose of solving societal questions and issues, and supporting government tasks and governance challenges. Part of this research is embedded in legally mandated tasks
  • Developing, applying and divulging knowledge aimed at strengthening the Dutch competitive position and power of innovation, particularly that of the top sectors.
  • Managing strategic research facilities, some of which are unique to the Netherlands, and some international facilities.


In the fall of 2020, the TO2 institutes were evaluated by the Van Saarloos commission (named after chairman Professor Wim van Saarloos). The final evaluation report will be presented to the Dutch Parliament in March 2021.

Examples of research conducted by the TO2 institutes can be found on the various homepages of the participating organisations, as well as on the website of the TO2 Federation.

Institutes for applied research in The Netherlands (TO2 institutes)