The standard procedure for placing contracts with ESA is the Open Competition. In this case, ESA is inviting companies and organisations to submit a proposal in response to a particular subject as defined by the Agency in coordination with the needs and requirements of the user community collaborating with ESA.
The Cover Letter of the specific ITT predefines the maximum budget for the project, the closing date for submitting the offer and the list of Key Acceptance Factors, tenders shall comply with.
Activities may be either 100% funded by ESA or funded in partnership with another entity with whom a suitable agreement is reached.
Open competitive ITTs cover one of the following activities:
- Feasibility Studies, which provide the preparatory framework to identify, analyse and define new potentially sustainable applications and services within the ARTES 20 IAP programme. They have to be compliant with the following requirements: they are user driven, they benefit from the integrated use of multiple space assets and the tenderer intends to pursue a demonstration project after successful completion of the Feasibility Study.
- Demonstration Projects, dedicated to the implementation of pre-operational demonstration services within the ARTES 20 IAP programme, which therefore comply with the following requirements: they are user driven(including user involvement and contribution), they benefit from the integrated use of multiple space assets, with clear potential to become sustainable in the post project phase.
The list of Invitations to Tender (ITT) currently open for proposals can be found here. It contains the actions that are funded on ESA’s ARTES Applications programmes. This type of activity is initiated by ESA as direct result of Awareness Activities and dedicate to a specific subject.
For each listed ITT a summary note of the action will be found (closing date, short description of the work to be carried out, estimated price range, etc.).