The aim of the research programme DeepNL is to improve the fundamental understanding of the dynamics of the deep subsurface under the influence of human interventions.

With DeepNL, NWO is giving a concrete response to the advice of the Dutch Safety Board: ensure that there is a structural and long-term research programme into the gas-extraction related problems in Groningen. This NWO research programme has been made possible in part by a financial contribution from NAM. DeepNL will be realised in accordance with the usual NWO procedures and quality standards and is entirely independent. NAM is not involved in the decision-making or the specific management of the programme. DeepNL is part of NWO's contribution to the Top Sector Energy.

  • Purpose and objectives

    The aim of DeepNL is to contribute to a better understanding of how the deep subsurface behaves under the influence of human interventions. In addition, the programme also aims to strengthen the research community in the Netherlands around this theme and to increase the coherency within the field.

  • Budget and lead time

    The research programme will run from 2017 to about 2025. The total budget is 23.75 million euros, of which 15 million euros is from NAM and 5 million euros from NWO. There is also an additional PPP allowance of 3.75 million euros via TKI Gas. The budget will largely be divided across two calls. In addition to these calls, small projects and programme activities, such as meetings and communication, will be funded.

  • Commissions

    The programme committee is in charge of reaching the goal of DeepNL: to understand how the deep subsurface behaves under the influence of human interventions. The programme committee monitors the ongoing research, tries to enhance the coherence within DeepNL and stimulates knowledge sharing.

    • Rinus Wortel, UU (chair)
    • Giovanni Bertotti, TUD
    • Arwen Deuss, UU
    • David Smeulders, TUE
    • Janos Urai, RWTH Aachen
    • Hanneke Verwey, former TNO

    As soon as the board has decided on applications, you can request the names of the members of the assessment committee from the contact person of this programme, if desired.

    In addition to DeepNL, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has set up a Knowledge Programme Effects of Mining. This KEM programme is based on current knowledge questions from policy (ETM) and inspection (SodM) and is accordingly focused on the short term (six months to a maximum of a few years). The DeepNL programme committee and the KEM will maintain close contact with each other.