ERIC Number: EJ779597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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A Genre System View of the Funding of Academic Research
Tardy, Christine M.
Written Communication, v20 n1 p7-36 2003
For many researchers, grant proposals are a high-stakes genre crucial to their work; this pivotal genre does not exist in isolation but as part of a complex reticulation of genres that interact to form a genre system. This article explores the genre system of academic research funding in terms of the following questions: (a) What is the nature of the genre system of grant funding? (b) What are the roles and functions of that system? and (c) What does exploration of the system reveal about genre knowledge and how writers develop such knowledge? Findings suggest that grant writing is fundamentally a social activity, that the intertextual networks of the genre system serve to navigate writers through that system and to build the writers' knowledge of the system, and that knowledge of a genre system may differ in important ways from knowledge of an isolated genre.
Descriptors: Grants, Grantsmanship, Educational Research, Classification, Researchers, Financial Support, Writing (Composition), Social Influences, Knowledge Level
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