*From 2013 the requirement for study teams has been modified as follows: "Study teams shall consists of two main researchers. At least one shall be a junior researcher, having up to five years experience of post-doctoral research and should have a track record in a research field relevant to the study."
Ariadna - Pulling the Thread
Ariadna is an initiative of the European Space Agency to establish a link with the European academic community in advanced space technology research. This is achieved by performing collaborative research projects between the Advanced Concepts Team and selected academic partners. The scope will include any field of the ACT's research where specific knowledge and skills are required. The cooperation will also improve the academic community's awareness of ESA activities and developments.
Submission of Proposal
One of the first step to achieve when you apply to an Ariadna call is to register your research entity in the ESA's system and get a Bidder Code. More information about Bidder Code procedure can be found here.
If you intend to submit a proposal in response to a Call, please note that - as stated in the Call's covering letter - your offer and all supporting documents, clearly marked with the topic number in question (xx/xxxx), must reach:
Central Registry of ESTEC
for the attention of the Contracts Officer
Mrs Marianne Verplancke (PFL-PTS)
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG NOORDWIJK
not later than 13:00 (GMT+01:00) on the deadline date stated in the Call's covering letter, and shall be submitted either in 4 paper copies or (preferably) electronically to:
backed-up by one signed paper copy in parallel. Only the electronic copy needs to arrive by the deadline. However, the signed paper copy should arrive no more than 7 days later. Please note that the contracts officer is also the only contact point while the call is open, in order to ensure a fair competition.
For Call for Proposals:
If you intend to prepare and submit a proposal in response to a Call for Proposals it is referable that you use the template provided below:
Ariadna Proposal Submission Template
Use of these templates is strongly recommended, especially in the Travel and Subsistence Expenses Form part. It can also be used simply as a reference of some of the data that are expected.
For Call for Ideas:
The template might present some slight variations with respect to the above generic template for the Call for Proposals, as it could be tailored accordingly to the theme proposed in the Call for Ideas. Please check the Call for Ideas to be sure to use the good one.
Templates for the study deliverables:
Ariadna Final Report Template
Ariadna Executive Summary Template
For further information, please check our FAQ