ERIC Number: EJ1079901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Proposal Pitfalls Plaguing Researchers: Can Technical Communicators Make a Difference?
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v44 n2 p211-222 Apr 2014
The facts bear out that the odds are against most scientific researchers and scholars--especially those just starting out--in their attempts to win funding for their research projects through their grant proposals. In this article, the author takes a close look at some of the proposal-related problems and pitfalls that have historically challenged scholarly grant seekers. The intellectual prowess and specialized training of academics can sometimes be their downfall, when it comes to persuading government agencies and foundations to fund their well conceived, but unconvincingly presented projects. In examining numerous studies, surveys, and insightful articles of experts in the genre of the research grant proposal, it becomes evident that technical communicators could quickly become the best friends of scholars, when the former harness the rhetorical and stylistic skills that are almost instinctive to them, and apply them to writing grant proposals, a task which is all too often a disappointing exercise for the latter.
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Scientific Research, Scholarship, Grantsmanship, Rhetoric, Proposal Writing, Barriers, Audience Awareness, Revision (Written Composition), Audience Analysis, Literary Genres, Editing
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