Step 1 – Sign Up and Enquire
There is a simple sign-up page that allows you become a member of the ASCENT network. Members will receive specific information on ASCENT technologies, details about upcoming events and news.
From the sign-up page you can also make a more detailed enquiry, giving a brief description of your access interest. This important step will ensure that the specific technologies/measurements you require are available and that you are eligible before you go through the formal Access Application procedure.
Step 2 – Apply
Fill in the online ASCENT Access Application Form for transnational access. This will outline the type of access you require and at which partner site. The ASCENT access coordinator will help you with any queries you may have. Submit your application form online. There are no deadlines for applications: application and selection is a rolling process.
The ASCENT Selection Panel reviews your Access Application Form and the Panel decides if transnational access will be given. The primary criterion for selection of a proposal will be scientific merit but factors such as previous usage of the facility and availability of similar facilities in the users’ home country will also be taken into account.
Step 3 – Access
Once Access is approved you will liaise directly with the Technical Point of Contact to organise access to device samples or to visit the partner site. Your Access visits will be scheduled to facilitate both you and the internal schedules at each site. Where possible (e.g. for access to test and characterisation facilities) hands-on access will be provided, subject to satisfactory completion of any training required. Where restrictions apply (e.g. advanced fabrication facilities for nanoelectronics contacting) you will still be able to visit the fabrication facility and see the processes being undertaken by the facility staff.
At the end of the access period you will complete a User Report outlining the project outputs and impacts. Reimbursement is handled by each facility (Tyndall National Institute, imec and CEA-Leti).