European Nanoelectronics Network

Access state-of-the-art technology at no cost

To address emerging and evolving challenges and provide a platform for researchers and PhD candidates along with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to pursue their research goals, the ASCENT+ programme offers free-of-charge access to cutting-edge, state of the art nanoelectronics facilities and expertise across Europe.


ASCENT+ serves as a direct entry point to European Nanoelectronics Research Infrastructure of global scale, offering access to key enabling capabilities in state-of-the-art processing, modelling and simulation data sets, metrology and characterisation, and devices and test structures.

It offers an unparalleled opportunity to researchers and PhD candidates along with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); empowering them to respond to new problems and to advanced knowledge and technology through the generation of novel results and nurturing talent in their own labs.

European and global studies have indicated that the next era is driven by the need to achieve:

  • Quantum advantage using solid-state platforms
  • Low-power, energy-efficient, high-performance computing based on disruptive devices
  • Increased functionality through advanced integration of a diverse range of materials and innovative technologies

ASCENT+ enables and stimulates its user community to bridge the gap between exploration and development of proof-of-concept technologies to accelerate innovation pathfinding.

More than 70 technologies available

Metrology / Characterisation

Modelling / Databases


Devices / Test structures
Success Stories
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Nanoscale domain analysis of Pb-free relaxors (RefNo 296)
"The ASCENT+ programme gave our research team access to vital tools for developing a comprehensive view of our new piezoelectric materials. With this information we have been able to understand the materials and target methods for improvement/design of the next generation Pb-free piezoelectrics.”
T Wesley Surta - Department of Physics and Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
How to Gain Access ?

ASCENT+ opens its facilities to PhD, SME or researchers who desire to access a specific technology to advance on their thesis, work or research, or design a prototype.

To gain access, the process is relatively simple:
  • Fill up a short enquiry form describing your needs
  • Our team gets in touch with you for more technical details and refining your request
  • If we can provide the requested access, we’ll help you put together an Access Application

Once you gain access to ASCENT+ facilities, we ask you to provide feedback and acknowledge ASCENT+ support in your research outputs.

EU logoThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements 871130 and 654384.