Researchers should complete the application form and return it to ARIADNE by email by the call deadline.  The application should describe the researcher’s background in archaeology, the proposed project and its expected results, and the justification of need for sponsorship for the specific access visit or Summer school, highlighting the impact to archaeological research.

Selection process and evaluation criteria

After the proposals are submitted, ARIADNE will verify compliance with the eligibility criteria (below).  Applications will then be sent to the User Selection Panel and assigned to experts for their evaluation.  The Selection Panel will make recommendations to the ARIADNE Coordinator who will notify applicants of the results of the evaluation.

Selection and sponsorship awards will be primarily based on the quality of the applicant, the scientific merit of the case study or individual research project proposed and the potential of the applicant to benefit from the training on offer.  Applications should aim to increase research output (qualitatively and quantitatively), optimize the use of the ARIADNE infrastructure, develop local expertise and ongoing research activities and facilities, and foster lasting international cooperation.  Case studies should have focussed goals that are technically feasible within the framework of the access visit or summer school and the host facility.

Priority will be given to:

  • users who have not previously used the ARIADNE resources,
  • young researchers
  • researchers working in countries where no such research facilities exist,

The project will provide equal opportunities with regards to Transnational Access to the research infrastructure and to participation in Summer Schools and access visits.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for sponsorship, researchers must:

  • work or be registered as a student in an institution in one of the EU Member States and Associated States to support trans-national access; researchers from institutions in the home country of the school are not eligible for the bursary.
  • provide feedback on the access visit or summer school (see below).
  • agree to their their names being included in a list of ARIADNE TNA users provided to the European Commission and published in various medium, including the Internet.
  • disseminate results obtained as a result of TNA access as widely as possible and provide ARIADNE with the details. Publications should include the following acknowledgement: […] The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1-313193 (ARIADNE).

User Feedback

Feedback from the TNA user group is crucial for documenting the importance of the ARIADNE infrastructure to the European Commission and for improving our training programme.  So we ask all participants who have completed an access visit or participated in an ARIADNE summer school to:

  1. Complete the TNA summary user report and send this by e-mail to TNAcontact
  2. Researchers who have received sponsorship from Ariadne are asked to complete the European Commission’s User group questionnaire using the online form (choose the project Ariadne) and to download a copy of their response and send this by email to TNAcontact  (This is requested so that we can assess the quality of access ARIADNE is providing and fulfill the EC’s requirements).

Travel expenses of sponsored researchers will be reimbursed after we have received your user feedback forms.