User access modes

Open Access mode for data collection

The Open Access mode is specifically designed to meet the requirements of companies, institutes or research groups that like to make use of the NeCEN facilities to collect electron microscopy images at one of the electron microscopes without going through a scientific peer-review process. The data will be collected by a NeCEN microscope operator, in most cases in the presence of a person from the particular company or research group. With this mode access to the facilities 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, as no scientific peer-reviewed process is involved. This mode of access could well be suitable for industrial or commercial parties. The daily rate for access is Full Cost. The current Full Cost rate is € 6,000 per day. The rate will be subject to change each calendar year.

 

Reviewed Access mode for data collection

The Reviewed Access mode is specifically designed to meet the requirements of research groups that like to make use of the NeCEN facilities to collect images at the electron microscopes NeCEN at a reduced rate.

The data will be collected by a NeCEN microscope operator, in most cases in the presence of a person from the particular research group. With this mode, access to the facilities can be provided after a successful scientific peer-review procedure. An Application for Reviewed Access can be either for an individual project, in most cases requiring access between one and five days, or for a bundle of individual projects that are nevertheless all related to a common larger scale scientific research project. This Reviewed Access mode is intended for academic institutes. It requires a NeCEN scientific approval process. When access is applied for as a bundle of projects, the review process will be done only once for the bundle as a whole. The daily rate for access is Exploitation Cost. The current Exploitation Cost rate is € 2,295 per day. The rate will be subject to change each calendar year.