Open Access mode for data collection

The Open Access mode is specifically designed to meet the requirements of companies, institutes, or research groups that would like to make use of the NeCEN facilities without going through a scientific peer-review process. In this mode, access can be provided using the earliest possible open time slot. There will be no delay, nor possible hurdles in getting access based upon scientific grounds. This type of access could well be suitable for industrial or commercial parties. The daily rate for access is open access cost. See this page for current rates. Please apply by submitting an application form.


Subsidized access mode for data collection

For academic users there are several subsidized access routes to NeCEN. 



For academic users in the Netherlands NEMI is the central entry point for EM in the Netherlands. The Dutch infrastructure (including NeCEN) is accessible to academic researchers who are able to succesfully submit a project proposal that meets the criteria of scientific quality. More information on access requests can be found on the NEMI website. Please contact us if you would like to request access to our facility via NEMI.



It is possible to submit a research project proposal to Instruct with the aim to make use of European infrastructure for structural biology applications. NeCEN is one of the infrastructures available through Instruct-ERIC. If you are eligible to make use of Instruct-ERIC, and if your project proposal is granted, an amount of € 1550,- is received per day of access, allowing 2-3 days of access per project. Also (part of) travel and shipping costs are covered by Instruct-ERIC.

To submit an Instruct proposal, please visit the appropriate site.


iNext Discovery

iNext Discovery is a European partnership dedicated to providing trans-national access to all participating facilities for EU based users and users from associated countries. NeCEN is one of the infrastructures available through iNext Discovery. Project proposals can be submitted continuously. If you are eligible to make use of iNext Discovery and if your project proposal is granted, your costs for access to the infrastructure will be covered by the host site (i.e. NeCEN) and you, as a user, do not have to provide funds for this. NeCEN will reimburse regular shipping costs for sending samples and returning unused grids along with the collected data (if you prefer express shipping, the difference will be charged to you).

To submit a project proposal and for more information, please visit the iNext Discovery website.